Program to count vowels in a string (Iterative and Recursive)

Given a string, count the total number of vowels (a, e, i, o, u) in it. There are two methods to count total number of vowels in a string.
1. Iterative
2. Recursive

Examples:

Input : abc de
Output : 2

Input : geeksforgeeks portal
Output : 7

1. Iterative Method
Below is the implementation:

C++

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// C++ program to count vowels in a string
#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
  
// Function to check the Vowel
bool isVowel(char ch)
{
    ch = toupper(ch);
    return (ch=='A' || ch=='E' || ch=='I' ||
                       ch=='O' || ch=='U');
}
  
// Returns count of vowels in str
int countVowels(string str)
{
    int count = 0;
    for (int i=0; i<str.length(); i++)
        if (isVowel(str[i])) // Check for vowel
            ++count;
    return count;
}
  
// Main Calling Function
int main()
{
    //string object
    string str = "abc de";
  
    // Total numbers of Vowel
    cout << countVowels(str) << endl;
    return 0;
}

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// Java program to count vowels in a string
public class GFG {
         
    // Function to check the Vowel
    static boolean isVowel(char ch)
    {
        ch = Character.toUpperCase(ch);
        return (ch=='A' || ch=='E' || ch=='I' ||
                           ch=='O' || ch=='U');
    }
       
    // Returns count of vowels in str
    static int countVowels(String str)
    {
        int count = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < str.length(); i++)
            if (isVowel(str.charAt(i))) // Check for vowel
                ++count;
        return count;
    }
       
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        //string object
        String str = "abc de";
       
        // Total numbers of Vowel
        System.out.println(countVowels(str));
    }
}
// This code is contributed by Sumit Ghosh

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# Python3 program to count vowels
# in a string
  
# Function to check the Vowel
def isVowel(ch):
    return ch.upper() in ['A', 'E', 'I', 'O', 'U']
  
# Returns count of vowels in str 
def countVowels(str):
    count = 0
    for i in range(len(str)):
  
        # Check for vowel
        if isVowel(str[i]):
            count += 1
    return count
  
# Driver Code
  
# string object 
str = 'abc de'
  
# Total number of Vowels
print(countVowels(str))
  
# This code is contributed 
# by SamyuktaSHegde

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C#

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// C# program to count vowels in a string 
using System;
  
class GFG
{
  
    // Function to check the Vowel 
    public static bool isVowel(char ch)
    {
        ch = char.ToUpper(ch);
        return (ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' || 
                ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' || 
                              ch == 'U');
    }
  
    // Returns count of vowels in str 
    public static int countVowels(string str)
    {
        int count = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < str.Length; i++)
        {
              
            // Check for vowel
            if (isVowel(str[i])) 
            {
                ++count;
            }
        }
        return count;
    }
  
    // Driver code 
    public static void Main(string[] args)
    {
          
        //string object 
        string str = "abc de";
  
        // Total numbers of Vowel 
        Console.WriteLine(countVowels(str));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by Shrikant13

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<?php
// PHP program to count vowels in a string
  
// Function to check the Vowel
function isVowel($ch)
{
    $ch = strtoupper($ch);
    return ($ch =='A' || $ch =='E' || 
            $ch =='I' || $ch =='O' || 
            $ch =='U');
}
  
// Returns count of vowels in str
function countVowels($str)
{
    $count = 0;
    for ($i = 0; $i < strlen($str); $i++)
        if (isVowel($str[$i])) // Check for vowel
            ++$count;
    return $count;
}
  
// Driver Code
  
//string object
$str = "abc de";
  
// Total numbers of Vowel
echo countVowels($str) . "\n";
  
// This code is contributed
// by Akanksha Rai
?>

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Output:



2

2. Recursive Method
Below is the implementation:

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// Recursive C++ program to count the total
// number of vowels using recursion
#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
  
// Function to check the Vowel
bool isVowel(char ch)
{
    ch = toupper(ch);
    return (ch=='A' || ch=='E' || ch=='I' ||
                        ch=='O' || ch=='U');
}
  
// to count total number of vowel from 0 to n
int countVovels(string str, int n)
{
    if (n == 1)
        return isVowel(str[n-1]);
  
    return countVovels(str, n-1) + isVowel(str[n-1]);
}
  
// Main Calling Function
int main()
{
    // string object
    string str = "abc de";
  
    // Total numbers of Vowel
    cout << countVovels(str, str.length()) << endl;
    return 0;
}

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// Recursive Java program to count the total
// number of vowels using recursion
public class GFG {
         
    // Function to check the Vowel
    static int isVowel(char ch)
    {
        ch = Character.toUpperCase(ch);
       if(ch=='A' || ch=='E' || ch=='I' ||
            ch=='O' || ch=='U'
           return 1;
       else return 0;
    }
       
    // to count total number of vowel from 0 to n
    static int countVowels(String str, int n)
    {
        if (n == 1)
            return isVowel(str.charAt(n - 1));
       
        return countVowels(str, n-1) + isVowel(str.charAt(n - 1));
    }
       
    // Main Calling Function
    public static void main(String args[])
    {
        //string object
        String str = "abc de";
       
        // Total numbers of Vowel
        System.out.println(countVowels(str,str.length()));
    }
}
// This code is contributed by Sumit Ghosh

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# Recursive Python 3 program to count the 
# total number of vowels using recursion
  
# Function to check the Vowel
def isVowel(ch):
    return ch.upper() in ['A', 'E', 'I', 'O', 'U']
  
# to count total number of
# vowel from 0 to n
def countVovels(str, n):
    if (n == 1):
        return isVowel(str[n - 1]);
  
    return (countVovels(str, n - 1) +
                isVowel(str[n - 1]));
  
# Driver Code
  
# string object
str = "abc de";
  
# Total numbers of Vowel
print(countVovels(str, len(str)))
  
# This code is contributed 
# by Akanksha Rai

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using System;
  
// Recursive C# program to count the total 
// number of vowels using recursion 
public class GFG
{
  
    // Function to check the Vowel 
    public static int isVowel(char ch)
    {
        ch = char.ToUpper(ch);
       if (ch == 'A' || ch == 'E' || ch == 'I' || ch == 'O' || ch == 'U')
       {
           return 1;
       }
       else
       {
           return 0;
       }
    }
  
    // to count total number of vowel from 0 to n 
    public static int countVowels(string str, int n)
    {
        if (n == 1)
        {
            return isVowel(str[n - 1]);
        }
  
        return countVowels(str, n - 1) + isVowel(str[n - 1]);
    }
  
    // Main Calling Function 
    public static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        //string object 
        string str = "abc de";
  
        // Total numbers of Vowel 
        Console.WriteLine(countVowels(str,str.Length));
    }
}
  
// This code is contributed by Shrikant13

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<?php
// Recursive PHP program to count the total
// number of vowels using recursion
  
// Function to check the Vowel
function isVowel($ch)
{
    $ch = strtoupper($ch);
    return ($ch == 'A' || $ch == 'E' ||
            $ch == 'I' || $ch == 'O' ||
            $ch == 'U');
}
  
// to count total number of
// vowel from 0 to n
function countVovels($str, $n)
{
    if ($n == 1)
        return isVowel($str[$n - 1]);
  
    return countVovels($str, $n - 1) +
               isVowel($str[$n - 1]);
}
  
// Driver Code
  
// string object
$str = "abc de";
  
// Total numbers of Vowel
echo countVovels($str, strlen($str)) . "\n";
  
// This code is contributed 
// by Akanksha Rai
?>

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Output:

2

How Recursive Code Working..

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