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Python Program For Pairwise Swapping Elements Of A Given Linked List

  • Last Updated : 18 Dec, 2021

Given a singly linked list, write a function to swap elements pairwise.

Input: 1->2->3->4->5->6->NULL 
Output: 2->1->4->3->6->5->NULL

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

Input: 1->NULL 
Output: 1->NULL 

For example, if the linked list is 1->2->3->4->5 then the function should change it to 2->1->4->3->5, and if the linked list is then the function should change it to.

METHOD (Iterative): 
Start from the head node and traverse the list. While traversing swap data of each node with its next node’s data. 
Below is the implementation of the above approach: 


# Python program to swap the elements of
# linked list pairwise
# Node class
class Node:
    # Constructor to initialize the
    # node object
    def __init__(self, data): = data = None
class LinkedList:
    # Function to initialize head
    def __init__(self):
        self.head = None
    # Function to pairwise swap elements
    # of a linked list
    def pairwiseSwap(self):
        temp = self.head
        # There are no nodes in a
        # linked list
        if temp is None:
        # Traverse further only if there
        # are at least two left
        while(temp and
            # If both nodes are same,
            # no need to swap data
            if( !=
                # Swap data of node with its
                # next node's data
      , =,
            # Move temp by 2 to the next pair
            temp =
    # Function to insert a new node at the
    # beginning
    def push(self, new_data):
        new_node = Node(new_data) = self.head
        self.head = new_node
    # Utility function to print the linked
    # LinkedList
    def printList(self):
        temp = self.head
            temp =
# Driver code
llist = LinkedList()
print "Linked list before calling pairWiseSwap() "
print "Linked list after calling pairWiseSwap()"
# This code is contributed by Nikhil Kumar Singh(nickzuck_007)


Linked list before calling pairWiseSwap()
1 2 3 4 5 
Linked list after calling pairWiseSwap()
2 1 4 3 5 

Time complexity: O(n) 
Please refer complete article on Pairwise swap elements of a given linked list for more details!

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