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Reverse a Doubly Linked List

  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 26 Oct, 2021

Given a Doubly Linked List, the task is to reverse the given Doubly Linked List.

See below diagrams for example. 

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     (a) Original Doubly Linked List  



     (b) Reversed Doubly Linked List  

Here is a simple method for reversing a Doubly Linked List. All we need to do is swap prev and next pointers for all nodes, change prev of the head (or start) and change the head pointer in the end.

C++




/* C++ program to reverse a doubly linked list */
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
 
/* a node of the doubly linked list */
class Node
{
    public:
    int data;
    Node *next;
    Node *prev;
};
 
/* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List */
void reverse(Node **head_ref)
{
    Node *temp = NULL;
    Node *current = *head_ref;
     
    /* swap next and prev for all nodes of
    doubly linked list */
    while (current != NULL)
    {
        temp = current->prev;
        current->prev = current->next;
        current->next = temp;            
        current = current->prev;
    }
     
    /* Before changing the head, check for the cases like empty
        list and list with only one node */
    if(temp != NULL )
        *head_ref = temp->prev;
}
 
 
 
/* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
/* Function to insert a node at the
beginning of the Doubly Linked List */
void push(Node** head_ref, int new_data)
{
    /* allocate node */
    Node* new_node = new Node();
 
    /* put in the data */
    new_node->data = new_data;
     
    /* since we are adding at the beginning,
    prev is always NULL */
    new_node->prev = NULL;
 
    /* link the old list off the new node */
    new_node->next = (*head_ref);    
 
    /* change prev of head node to new node */
    if((*head_ref) != NULL)
    (*head_ref)->prev = new_node ;
 
    /* move the head to point to the new node */
    (*head_ref) = new_node;
}
 
/* Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list
This function is same as printList() of singly linked list */
void printList(Node *node)
{
    while(node != NULL)
    {
        cout << node->data << " ";
        node = node->next;
    }
}
 
/* Driver code */
int main()
{
    /* Start with the empty list */
    Node* head = NULL;
     
    /* Let us create a sorted linked list to test the functions
    Created linked list will be 10->8->4->2 */
    push(&head, 2);
    push(&head, 4);
    push(&head, 8);
    push(&head, 10);
     
    cout << "Original Linked list" << endl;
    printList(head);
     
    /* Reverse doubly linked list */
    reverse(&head);
     
    cout << "\nReversed Linked list" << endl;
    printList(head);        
     
    return 0;
}
 
// This code is contributed by rathbhupendra

C




/* Program to reverse a doubly linked list */
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
 
/* a node of the doubly linked list */
struct Node
{
  int data;
  struct Node *next;
  struct Node *prev;   
};
 
/* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List */
void reverse(struct Node **head_ref)
{
     struct Node *temp = NULL; 
     struct Node *current = *head_ref;
      
     /* swap next and prev for all nodes of
       doubly linked list */
     while (current !=  NULL)
     {
       temp = current->prev;
       current->prev = current->next;
       current->next = temp;             
       current = current->prev;
     }     
      
     /* Before changing head, check for the cases like empty
        list and list with only one node */
     if(temp != NULL )
        *head_ref = temp->prev;
}    
 
 
 
/* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
/* Function to insert a node at the beginning of the Doubly Linked List */
void push(struct Node** head_ref, int new_data)
{
    /* allocate node */
    struct Node* new_node =
            (struct Node*) malloc(sizeof(struct Node));
  
    /* put in the data  */
    new_node->data  = new_data;
     
    /* since we are adding at the beginning,
      prev is always NULL */
    new_node->prev = NULL;
  
    /* link the old list off the new node */
    new_node->next = (*head_ref);   
 
    /* change prev of head node to new node */
    if((*head_ref) !=  NULL)
      (*head_ref)->prev = new_node ;   
  
    /* move the head to point to the new node */
    (*head_ref)    = new_node;
}
 
/* Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list
   This function is same as printList() of singly linked list */
void printList(struct Node *node)
{
  while(node!=NULL)
  {
   printf("%d ", node->data);
   node = node->next;
  }
}
 
/* Driver code*/
int main()
{
  /* Start with the empty list */
  struct Node* head = NULL;
  
  /* Let us create a sorted linked list to test the functions
   Created linked list will be 10->8->4->2 */
  push(&head, 2);
  push(&head, 4);
  push(&head, 8);
  push(&head, 10);
  
  printf("\n Original Linked list ");
  printList(head);
  
  /* Reverse doubly linked list */
  reverse(&head);
  
  printf("\n Reversed Linked list ");
  printList(head);          
  
  getchar();
}

Java




// Java program to reverse a doubly linked list
 
class LinkedList {
 
    static Node head;
 
    static class Node {
 
        int data;
        Node next, prev;
 
        Node(int d)
        {
            data = d;
            next = prev = null;
        }
    }
 
    /* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List */
    void reverse()
    {
        Node temp = null;
        Node current = head;
 
        /* swap next and prev for all nodes of
         doubly linked list */
        while (current != null) {
            temp = current.prev;
            current.prev = current.next;
            current.next = temp;
            current = current.prev;
        }
 
        /* Before changing head, check for the cases like
         empty list and list with only one node */
        if (temp != null) {
            head = temp.prev;
        }
    }
 
    /* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
    /* Function to insert a node at the beginning of the
     * Doubly Linked List */
    void push(int new_data)
    {
        /* allocate node */
        Node new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
        /* since we are adding at the beginning,
         prev is always NULL */
        new_node.prev = null;
 
        /* link the old list off the new node */
        new_node.next = head;
 
        /* change prev of head node to new node */
        if (head != null) {
            head.prev = new_node;
        }
 
        /* move the head to point to the new node */
        head = new_node;
    }
 
    /* Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list
     This function is same as printList() of singly linked
     list */
    void printList(Node node)
    {
        while (node != null) {
            System.out.print(node.data + " ");
            node = node.next;
        }
    }
 
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        LinkedList list = new LinkedList();
 
        /* Let us create a sorted linked list to test the
         functions Created linked list will be 10->8->4->2
       */
        list.push(2);
        list.push(4);
        list.push(8);
        list.push(10);
 
        System.out.println("Original linked list ");
        list.printList(head);
 
        list.reverse();
        System.out.println("");
        System.out.println("The reversed Linked List is ");
        list.printList(head);
    }
}
 
// This code has been contributed by Mayank Jaiswal

Python




# Program to reverse a doubly linked list
 
# A node of the doubly linked list
 
 
class Node:
 
    # Constructor to create a new node
    def __init__(self, data):
        self.data = data
        self.next = None
        self.prev = None
 
 
class DoublyLinkedList:
     # Constructor for empty Doubly Linked List
    def __init__(self):
        self.head = None
 
    # Function reverse a Doubly Linked List
    def reverse(self):
        temp = None
        current = self.head
 
        # Swap next and prev for all nodes of
        # doubly linked list
        while current is not None:
            temp = current.prev
            current.prev = current.next
            current.next = temp
            current = current.prev
 
        # Before changing head, check for the cases like
        # empty list and list with only one node
        if temp is not None:
            self.head = temp.prev
 
    # Given a reference to the head of a list and an
    # integer,inserts a new node on the front of list
    def push(self, new_data):
 
        # 1. Allocates node
        # 2. Put the data in it
        new_node = Node(new_data)
 
        # 3. Make next of new node as head and
        # previous as None (already None)
        new_node.next = self.head
 
        # 4. change prev of head node to new_node
        if self.head is not None:
            self.head.prev = new_node
 
        # 5. move the head to point to the new node
        self.head = new_node
 
    def printList(self, node):
        while(node is not None):
            print node.data,
            node = node.next
 
 
# Driver code
dll = DoublyLinkedList()
dll.push(2)
dll.push(4)
dll.push(8)
dll.push(10)
 
print "\nOriginal Linked List"
dll.printList(dll.head)
 
# Reverse doubly linked list
dll.reverse()
 
print "\n Reversed Linked List"
dll.printList(dll.head)
 
# This code is contributed by Nikhil Kumar Singh(nickzuck_007)

C#




// A C# program to reverse a doubly linked list
using System;
 
public class LinkedList {
 
    static Node head;
 
    class Node {
 
        public int data;
        public Node next, prev;
 
        public Node(int d)
        {
            data = d;
            next = prev = null;
        }
    }
 
    /* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List */
    void reverse()
    {
        Node temp = null;
        Node current = head;
 
        /* swap next and prev for all nodes of
        doubly linked list */
        while (current != null) {
            temp = current.prev;
            current.prev = current.next;
            current.next = temp;
            current = current.prev;
        }
 
        /* Before changing head, check for
          the cases like empty list and
         list with only one node */
        if (temp != null) {
            head = temp.prev;
        }
    }
 
    /* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
    /* Function to insert a node at the
    beginning of the Doubly Linked List */
    void push(int new_data)
    {
 
        /* allocate node */
        Node new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
        /* since we are adding at the beginning,
        prev is always NULL */
        new_node.prev = null;
 
        /* link the old list off the new node */
        new_node.next = head;
 
        /* change prev of head node to new node */
        if (head != null) {
            head.prev = new_node;
        }
 
        /* move the head to point to the new node */
        head = new_node;
    }
 
    /* Function to print nodes in a given
    doubly linked list This function is
    same as printList() of singly linked list */
    void printList(Node node)
    {
        while (node != null) {
            Console.Write(node.data + " ");
            node = node.next;
        }
    }
 
    // Driver code
    public static void Main(String[] args)
    {
        LinkedList list = new LinkedList();
 
        /* Let us create a sorted linked list
        to test the functions Created linked
        list will be 10->8->4->2 */
        list.push(2);
        list.push(4);
        list.push(8);
        list.push(10);
 
        Console.WriteLine("Original linked list ");
        list.printList(head);
 
        list.reverse();
        Console.WriteLine("");
        Console.WriteLine("The reversed Linked List is ");
        list.printList(head);
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by 29AjayKumar

Javascript




<script>
// javascript program to reverse a doubly linked list
 
var head;
 
     class Node {
            constructor(val) {
                this.data = val;
                this.prev = null;
                this.next = null;
            }
        }
    /* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List */
    function reverse() {
var temp = null;
var current = head;
 
        /*
         * swap next and prev for all nodes of doubly linked list
         */
        while (current != null) {
            temp = current.prev;
            current.prev = current.next;
            current.next = temp;
            current = current.prev;
        }
 
        /*
         * Before changing head, check for the cases like empty list and list with only
         * one node
         */
        if (temp != null) {
            head = temp.prev;
        }
    }
 
    /* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
    /*
     * Function to insert a node at the beginning of the Doubly Linked List
     */
    function push(new_data) {
        /* allocate node */
var new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
        /*
         * since we are adding at the beginning, prev is always NULL
         */
        new_node.prev = null;
 
        /* link the old list off the new node */
        new_node.next = head;
 
        /* change prev of head node to new node */
        if (head != null) {
            head.prev = new_node;
        }
 
        /* move the head to point to the new node */
        head = new_node;
    }
 
    /*
     * Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list This function is same
     * as printList() of singly linked list
     */
    function printList(node) {
        while (node != null) {
            document.write(node.data + " ");
            node = node.next;
        }
    }
 
     
 
        /*
         * Let us create a sorted linked list to test the functions Created linked list
         * will be 10->8->4->2
         */
        push(2);
        push(4);
        push(8);
        push(10);
 
        document.write("Original linked list <br/>");
        printList(head);
 
        reverse();
        document.write("<br/>");
        document.write("The reversed Linked List is <br/>");
        printList(head);
 
// This code contributed by gauravrajput1
</script>

Output: 

Original linked list 
10 8 4 2 
The reversed Linked List is 
2 4 8 10

Time Complexity: O(N), where N denotes the number of nodes in the doubly linked list.
Auxiliary Space: O(1)
We can also swap data instead of pointers to reverse the Doubly Linked List. Method used for reversing array can be used to swap data. Swapping data can be costly compared to pointers if the size of the data item(s) is more.
Please write comments if you find any of the above codes/algorithms incorrect, or find better ways to solve the same problem.

Method 2: 

The same question can also be done by using Stacks. 

Steps:

  1. Keep pushing the node’s data in the stack. -> O(n)
  2. The keep popping the elements out and updating the Doubly Linked List

C++




// C++ program to reverse a doubly linked list
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
struct LinkedList {
    struct Node {
        int data;
        Node *next, *prev;
        Node(int d)
        {
            data = d;
            next = prev = NULL;
        }
    };
    Node* head = NULL;
 
    /* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List using Stacks
     */
    void reverse()
    {
        stack<int> st;
        Node* temp = head;
        while (temp != NULL) {
            st.push(temp->data);
            temp = temp->next;
        }
 
        // added all the elements sequence wise in the
        // st
        temp = head;
        while (temp != NULL) {
            temp->data = st.top();
            st.pop();
            temp = temp->next;
        }
 
        // popped all the elements and the added in the
        // linked list,
        // which are in the reversed order->
    }
 
    /* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
    /* Function to insert a node at the beginning of the
     * Doubly Linked List */
    void Push(int new_data)
    {
 
        /* allocate node */
        Node* new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
        /* since we are adding at the beginning,
         prev is always NULL */
        new_node->prev = NULL;
 
        /* link the old list off the new node */
        new_node->next = head;
 
        /* change prev of head node to new node */
        if (head != NULL) {
            head->prev = new_node;
        }
 
        /* move the head to point to the new node */
        head = new_node;
    }
 
    /* Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list
     This function is same as printList() of singly linked
     list */
    void printList(Node* node)
    {
        while (node) {
            cout << node->data << " ";
            node = node->next;
        }
    }
};
 
// Driver Code
int main()
{
    LinkedList list;
 
    /* Let us create a sorted linked list to test the
     functions Created linked list will be 10->8->4->2
   */
    list.Push(2);
    list.Push(4);
    list.Push(8);
    list.Push(10);
    cout << "Original linked list " << endl;
    list.printList(list.head);
    list.reverse();
    cout << endl;
    cout << "The reversed Linked List is " << endl;
    list.printList(list.head);
}
 
// This code is contributed by Pratham76

Java




// Java program to reverse a doubly linked list
import java.util.*;
class LinkedList {
 
    static Node head;
 
    static class Node {
 
        int data;
        Node next, prev;
 
        Node(int d)
        {
            data = d;
            next = prev = null;
        }
    }
 
    /* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List using Stacks
     */
    void reverse()
    {
        Stack<Integer> stack = new Stack<>();
        Node temp = head;
        while (temp != null) {
            stack.push(temp.data);
            temp = temp.next;
        }
        // added all the elements sequence wise in the
        // stack
        temp = head;
        while (temp != null) {
            temp.data = stack.pop();
            temp = temp.next;
        }
        // popped all the elements and the added in the
        // linked list,
        // which are in the reversed order.
    }
 
    /* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
    /* Function to insert a node at the beginning of the
     * Doubly Linked List */
    void push(int new_data)
    {
        /* allocate node */
        Node new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
        /* since we are adding at the beginning,
         prev is always NULL */
        new_node.prev = null;
 
        /* link the old list off the new node */
        new_node.next = head;
 
        /* change prev of head node to new node */
        if (head != null) {
            head.prev = new_node;
        }
 
        /* move the head to point to the new node */
        head = new_node;
    }
 
    /* Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list
     This function is same as printList() of singly linked
     list */
    void printList(Node node)
    {
        while (node != null) {
            System.out.print(node.data + " ");
            node = node.next;
        }
    }
 
    // Driver Code
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        LinkedList list = new LinkedList();
 
        /* Let us create a sorted linked list to test the
         functions Created linked list will be 10->8->4->2
       */
        list.push(2);
        list.push(4);
        list.push(8);
        list.push(10);
 
        System.out.println("Original linked list ");
        list.printList(head);
 
        list.reverse();
        System.out.println("");
        System.out.println("The reversed Linked List is ");
        list.printList(head);
    }
}
 
// This code has been contributed by Rashita Mehta

Python3




"""
function to reverse a doubly-linked list
swap next and prev pointers for all the nodes
change prev of the head node
change head pointer
"""
class Node:
    def __init__(self, data):
        self.data = data
        self.next = None
        self.prev = None
 
 
class DoublyLinkedList:
    def __init__(self):
        self.head = None
 
    """
    method to reverse a Doubly-Linked List using Stacks
    """
 
    def reverseUsingStacks(self):
 
        stack = []
        temp = self.head
        while temp is not None:
            stack.append(temp.data)
            temp = temp.next
 
        # Add all the elements in the stack
        # in a sequence to the stack
        temp = self.head
        while temp is not None:
            temp.data = stack.pop()
            temp = temp.next
             
        # Popped all the elements and the
        # added in the linked list,
        # in a reversed order.
 
    """
    method to push a new item before the head
    """
 
    def push(self, new_data):
        new_node = Node(new_data)
        new_node.next = self.head
 
        if self.head is not None:
            self.head.prev = new_node
 
        self.head = new_node
 
    """
    method to traverse the doubly-linked
    list and print every node in the list
    """
 
    def printList(self, node):
        while(node is not None):
            print(node.data)
            node = node. next
 
 
# driver program for the doubly-linked list
dll = DoublyLinkedList()
dll.push(2)
dll.push(4)
dll.push(8)
dll.push(10)
 
print("original doubly-linked list")
dll.printList(dll.head)
 
# reverse a doubly-linked list
dll.reverseUsingStacks()
 
print(" reversed doubly-linked list")
dll.printList(dll.head)

C#




// C# program to reverse a doubly linked list
using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Generic;
class LinkedList {
    public static Node head;
    public class Node {
        public int data;
        public Node next, prev;
        public Node(int d)
        {
            data = d;
            next = prev = null;
        }
    }
 
    /* Function to reverse a Doubly Linked List using Stacks
     */
    public void reverse()
    {
        Stack stack = new Stack();
        Node temp = head;
        while (temp != null) {
            stack.Push(temp.data);
            temp = temp.next;
        }
 
        // added all the elements sequence wise in the
        // stack
        temp = head;
        while (temp != null) {
            temp.data = (int)stack.Pop();
            temp = temp.next;
        }
 
        // popped all the elements and the added in the
        // linked list,
        // which are in the reversed order.
    }
 
    /* UTILITY FUNCTIONS */
    /* Function to insert a node at the beginning of the
     * Doubly Linked List */
    public void Push(int new_data)
    {
 
        /* allocate node */
        Node new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
        /* since we are adding at the beginning,
         prev is always NULL */
        new_node.prev = null;
 
        /* link the old list off the new node */
        new_node.next = head;
 
        /* change prev of head node to new node */
        if (head != null) {
            head.prev = new_node;
        }
 
        /* move the head to point to the new node */
        head = new_node;
    }
 
    /* Function to print nodes in a given doubly linked list
     This function is same as printList() of singly linked
     list */
    public void printList(Node node)
    {
        while (node != null) {
            Console.Write(node.data + " ");
            node = node.next;
        }
    }
 
    // Driver Code
    public static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        LinkedList list = new LinkedList();
 
        /* Let us create a sorted linked list to test the
         functions Created linked list will be 10->8->4->2
       */
        list.Push(2);
        list.Push(4);
        list.Push(8);
        list.Push(10);
        Console.WriteLine("Original linked list ");
        list.printList(head);
        list.reverse();
        Console.WriteLine("");
        Console.WriteLine("The reversed Linked List is ");
        list.printList(head);
    }
}
 
// This code is contributed by rutvik_56

Javascript




<script>
 
// Javascript program to reverse a doubly linked list
class Node
{
    constructor(d)
    {
        this.data = d;
        this.next = this.prev = null;
    }
}
 
let head;
 
// Function to reverse a Doubly
// Linked List using Stacks
function reverse()
{
    let stack = [];
    let temp = head;
     
    while (temp != null)
    {
        stack.push(temp.data);
        temp = temp.next;
    }
     
    // Added all the elements sequence
    // wise in the stack
    temp = head;
     
    while (temp != null)
    {
        temp.data = stack.pop();
        temp = temp.next;
    }
     
    // Popped all the elements and the
    // added in the linked list,
    // which are in the reversed order.
}
 
// UTILITY FUNCTIONS
// Function to insert a node at the
// beginning of the Doubly Linked List
function push(new_data)
{
     
    /* Allocate node */
    let new_node = new Node(new_data);
 
    /* Since we are adding at the beginning,
     prev is always NULL */
    new_node.prev = null;
 
    /* Link the old list off the new node */
    new_node.next = head;
 
    /* Change prev of head node to new node */
    if (head != null) {
        head.prev = new_node;
    }
 
    /* Move the head to point to the new node */
    head = new_node;
}
 
// Function to print nodes in a given
// doubly linked list. This function
// is same as printList() of singly
// linked list
function printList(node)
{
    while (node != null)
    {
        document.write(node.data + " ");
        node = node.next;
    }
}
 
// Driver Code
 
// Let us create a sorted linked list
// to test the functions Created linked
// list will be 10->8->4->2
push(2);
push(4);
push(8);
push(10);
 
document.write("Original linked list <br>");
printList(head);
 
reverse();
document.write("<br>");
document.write("The reversed Linked List is <br>");
printList(head);
 
// This code is contributed by rag2127
 
</script>
Output
Original linked list 
10 8 4 2 
The reversed Linked List is 
2 4 8 10

Time Complexity: O(N)
Auxiliary Space: O(N)

In this method, we traverse the linked list once and add elements to the stack, and again traverse the whole for updating all the elements. The whole takes 2n time, which is the time complexity of O(n).




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