Print reverse of a Linked List without extra space and modifications

Given a Linked List, display the linked list in reverse without using recursion, stack or modifications to given list.


Input : 1->2->3->4->5->NULL
Output :5->4->3->2->1->NULL

Input :10->5->15->20->24->NULL
Output :24->20->15->5->10->NULL

Below are different solutions that are now allowed here as we cannot use extra space and modify list.

1) Recursive solution to print reverse a linked list. Requires extra space.

2) Reverse linked list and then print. This requires modifications to original list.

3) Stack based solution to print linked list reverse. Push all nodes one by one to a stack. Then one by one pop elements from stack and print. This also requires extra space.


1) Find n = count nodes in linked list.
2) For i = n to 1, do following.
    Print i-th node using get n-th node function




// C/C++ program to print reverse of linked list
// without extra space and without modifications.
/* Link list node */
struct Node
    int data;
    struct Node* next;
/* Given a reference (pointer to pointer) to the head
  of a list and an int, push a new node on the front
  of the list. */
void push(struct Node** head_ref, int new_data)
    struct Node* new_node =
            (struct Node*) malloc(sizeof(struct Node));
    new_node->data  = new_data;
    new_node->next = (*head_ref);
    (*head_ref)    = new_node;
/* Counts no. of nodes in linked list */
int getCount(struct Node* head)
    int count = 0;  // Initialize count
    struct Node* current = head;  // Initialize current
    while (current != NULL)
        current = current->next;
    return count;
/* Takes head pointer of the linked list and index
    as arguments and return data at index*/
int getNth(struct Node* head, int n)
    struct Node* curr = head;
    for (int i=0; i<n-1 && curr != NULL; i++)
       curr = curr->next;
    return curr->data;
void printReverse(Node *head)
    // Count nodes
    int n = getCount(head);
    for (int i=n; i>=1; i--)
        printf("%d ", getNth(head, i));
/* Drier program to test count function*/
int main()
    /* Start with the empty list */
    struct Node* head = NULL;
    /* Use push() to construct below list
     1->2->3->4->5 */
    push(&head, 5);
    push(&head, 4);
    push(&head, 3);
    push(&head, 2);
    push(&head, 1);
    return 0;



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