Remove all occurrences of duplicates from a sorted Linked List

Given a sorted linked list, delete all nodes that have duplicate numbers (all occurrences),
leaving only numbers that appear once in the original list.


Input : 23->28->28->35->49->49->53->53
Output : 23->35

Input : 11->11->11->11->75->75
Output : empty List

Note that this is different from Remove Duplicates From Linked List

The idea is to maintain a pointer (prev) to the node which just previous to the block of nodes we are checking for duplicates. In the first example, the pointer prev would point to 23 while we check for duplicates for the node 28. Once we reach the last duplicate node with value 28 (name it current pointer), we can make the next field of prev node to be the next of current and update This would delete the block of nodes with value 28 which has duplicates.

Below is Java implementation of the idea.

/* Java program to remove all occurrences of
   duplicates from a sorted linked list */

/* class to create Linked lIst */
class LinkedList
    Node head=null; /* head of linked list */
    class Node
        int val; /* value in the node */
        Node next;
        Node(int v)
            /* default value of the next
               pointer field */
            val = v;
            next = null;

    /* Function to insert data nodes into
       the Linked List at the front */
    public void insert(int data)
        Node new_node = new Node(data); = head;
        head = new_node;

    /* Function to remove all occurrences
       of duplicate elements */
    public void removeAllDuplicates()
       /* create a dummy node that acts like a fake
          head of list pointing to the original head*/
        Node dummy = new Node(0);

        /* dummy node points to the original head*/ = head;
        Node prev = dummy;
        current = head;

        while (current != null)
            /* Until the current and previous values
               are same, keep updating current */
            while ( != null &&
                current =;

            /* if current has unique value i.e current
                is not updated, Move the prev pointer
                to next node*/
            if ( == current)
                prev =;

            /* when current is updated to the last
               duplicate value of that segment, make
               prev the next of current*/

            current =;

        /* update original head to the next of dummy
           node */
        head =;

    /* Function to print the list elements */
    public void printList()
        Node trav=head;
        if (head==null)
            System.out.print(" List is empty" );
        while (trav != null)
            System.out.print(trav.val + " ");
            trav =;

    /* Driver program to test above functions */
    public static void main(String[] args)
        LinkedList ll = new LinkedList();
        System.out.println("Before removal of duplicates");


        System.out.println("\nAfter removal of duplicates");


List before removal of duplicates
23 28 28 35 49 49 53 53 
List after removal of duplicates
23 35 

Time Complexity : O(n)

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