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  • Last Updated : 15 Sep, 2022
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Given a string str, the task is to print all the permutations of str. A permutation is an arrangement of all or part of a set of objects, with regard to the order of the arrangement. For instance, the words ‘bat’ and ‘tab’ represents two distinct permutation (or arrangements) of a similar three letter word.

Examples: 

Input: str = “cd” 
Output: cd dc

Input: str = “abb” 
Output: abb abb bab bba bab bba 

Approach: Write a recursive function that prints every permutation of the given string. Terminating condition will be when the passed string is empty.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

Java




// Java program to print all the permutations
// of the given string
public class GFG {
 
    // Function to print all the permutations of str
    static void printPermutn(String str, String ans)
    {
 
        // If string is empty
        if (str.length() == 0) {
            System.out.print(ans + " ");
            return;
        }
 
        for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++) {
 
            // ith character of str
            char ch = str.charAt(i);
 
            // Rest of the string after excluding
            // the ith character
            String ros = str.substring(0, i) +
                        str.substring(i + 1);
 
            // Recursive call
            printPermutn(ros, ans + ch);
        }
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        String s = "abb";
        printPermutn(s, "");
    }
}

Output

abb abb bab bba bab bba 

When the permutations need to be distinct.

Examples: 

Input: str = “abb” 
Output: abb bab bba 

Input: str = “geek” 
Output: geek geke gkee egek egke eegk eekg ekge ekeg kgee kege keeg 

Approach: Write a recursive function that print distinct permutations. Make a boolean array of size ’26’ which accounts the character being used. If the character has not been used then the recursive call will take place. Otherwise, don’t make any call. Terminating condition will be when the passed string is empty.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

Java




// Java program to print all the permutations
// of the given string
public class GFG {
 
    // Function to print all the distinct
    // permutations of str
    static void printDistinctPermutn(String str,
                                    String ans)
    {
 
        // If string is empty
        if (str.length() == 0) {
 
            // print ans
            System.out.print(ans + " ");
            return;
        }
 
        // Make a boolean array of size '26' which
        // stores false by default and make true
        // at the position which alphabet is being
        // used
        boolean alpha[] = new boolean[26];
 
        for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++) {
 
            // ith character of str
            char ch = str.charAt(i);
 
            // Rest of the string after excluding
            // the ith character
            String ros = str.substring(0, i) +
                        str.substring(i + 1);
 
            // If the character has not been used
            // then recursive call will take place.
            // Otherwise, there will be no recursive
            // call
            if (alpha[ch - 'a'] == false)
                printDistinctPermutn(ros, ans + ch);
            alpha[ch - 'a'] = true;
        }
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        String s = "geek";
        printDistinctPermutn(s, "");
    }
}

Output

geek geke gkee egek egke eegk eekg ekge ekeg kgee kege keeg 

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