Sorted Insert In Circular Linked List

How to insert in a sorted circular linked list in C?

C program to insert in a sorted circular linked list means to insert the data in a circular linked list in a way that its logical order does not get disturbed. To do this first we need to ensure that the list we are working upon is already sorted else we will have to sort the given list before performing the operation.

Let us learn how to write a program for sorted insert in circular linked using the steps and algorithm discussed in this article.

Sorted Insert In Circular Linked List

Sorted insert in circular linked list

In this topic we will discuss about the how to insert the node in the sorted circular linked list.

first of all we will do  allocated the memory for newly inserted node and put data in the newly allocated node.Let the pointer to the new node to be new_node.

After memory allocation we have three ways for insert the data is following-


circular linked list

First one is if linked list is empty then since new_node is only node in circular linked list, make a self loop.and change the  head pointer  to the new_node pointer.

 Second case is new node insert in starting or before the head node.

A- Find out the last node using a loop .
B- Change the next of last node;
C- Change next of new node to point to head.
D- Change the head pointer to point to new node.

Third case is when we insert the new node after the head in any position,then

 A- Locate the node after which new node is to be inserted.
      while(present->next!= *head_ref &&
      present->next->data data)
     { present = present->next; }
B- Make next of new_node as next of the located pointer
      new_node->next = present->next;
C- Change the next of the located pointer
     present->next = new_node; 

sorted insert in circular linked list
#include<stdio.h> //haeder files
#include<stdlib.h> //library files

// create node
struct Node { 
    int data; 
    struct Node *next; 

// this function for insert the new node in linked list 
void sortedInsert(struct Node** head_ref, struct Node* new_node){ 
    struct Node* present = *head_ref; 
    // Case 1 when list is empty
    if (present == NULL){ 
        new_node->next = new_node; 
        *head_ref = new_node; 

    // Case 2 when the node insert before the head
    else if (present->data >= new_node->data){ 
        //when value is smaller than head's value

        while( present->next != *head_ref) 
            present = present->next; 
        present->next = new_node; 
        new_node->next = *head_ref; 
        *head_ref = new_node; 

    // Case 3 when node insert in after head in somewhere
        //Locate the node before the point of insertion 
        while ( present->next!= *head_ref && present->next->data < new_node->data) 
            present = present->next; 
        new_node->next =present->next; 
        present->next = new_node; 

//this Function to print nodes in a given linked list
void printList(struct Node *start) { 
    struct Node *temp; 

    if(start != NULL){ 
        temp = start; 
        do { 
            printf("%d ", temp->data); 
            temp = temp->next; 
        } while(temp != start); 

// main method start
int main(){
    int arr[] = {12, 56, 2, 11, 1, 90}; 
    int list_size, i; 

    // start with empty linked list 
    struct Node *start = NULL; 
    struct Node *temp; 

    // Create linked list from the array arr[]. 
    // Created linked list will be 1->2->11->12->56->90 
    for (i = 0; i< 6; i++) { 
        temp = (struct Node *)malloc(sizeof(struct Node)); 
        temp->data = arr[i]; 
        sortedInsert(&start, temp); 


    return 0; 


1 2 11 12 56  90