# Linked List | Set 2 (Inserting a node)

We have introduced Linked Lists in the previous post. We also created a simple linked list with 3 nodes and discussed linked list traversal.

All programs discussed in this post consider following representations of linked list .

## C

 `// A linked list node ` `struct` `Node ` `{ ` `  ``int` `data; ` `  ``struct` `Node *next; ` `}; `

## Java

 `// Linked List Class ` `class` `LinkedList ` `{ ` `    ``Node head;  ``// head of list ` ` `  `    ``/* Node Class */` `    ``class` `Node ` `    ``{ ` `        ``int` `data; ` `        ``Node next; ` `          `  `        ``// Constructor to create a new node ` `        ``Node(``int` `d) {data = d; next = ``null``; } ` `    ``} ` `}`

## Python

 `# Node class ` `class` `Node: ` ` `  `    ``# Function to initialize the node object ` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``, data): ` `        ``self``.data ``=` `data  ``# Assign data ` `        ``self``.``next` `=` `None`  `# Initialize next as null ` ` `  `# Linked List class ` `class` `LinkedList: ` `   `  `    ``# Function to initialize the Linked List object ` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``):  ` `        ``self``.head ``=` `None`

In this post, methods to insert a new node in linked list are discussed. A node can be added in three ways
1) At the front of the linked list
2) After a given node.
3) At the end of the linked list.

Add a node at the front: (A 4 steps process) Following are the 4 steps to add node at the front.

## C

 `/* Given a reference (pointer to pointer) to the head of a list ` `   ``and an int,  inserts a new node on the front of the list. */` `void` `push(``struct` `Node** head_ref, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1. allocate node */` `    ``struct` `Node* new_node = (``struct` `Node*) ``malloc``(``sizeof``(``struct` `Node)); ` `  `  `    ``/* 2. put in the data  */` `    ``new_node->data  = new_data; ` `  `  `    ``/* 3. Make next of new node as head */` `    ``new_node->next = (*head_ref); ` `  `  `    ``/* 4. move the head to point to the new node */` `    ``(*head_ref)    = new_node; ` `} `

## Java

 `/* This function is in LinkedList class. Inserts a ` `   ``new Node at front of the list. This method is  ` `   ``defined inside LinkedList class shown above */` `public` `void` `push(``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1 & 2: Allocate the Node & ` `              ``Put in the data*/` `    ``Node new_node = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` ` `  `    ``/* 3. Make next of new Node as head */` `    ``new_node.next = head; ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. Move the head to point to new Node */` `    ``head = new_node; ` `} `

## Python

 `# This function is in LinkedList class ` `# Function to insert a new node at the beginning ` `def` `push(``self``, new_data): ` ` `  `    ``# 1 & 2: Allocate the Node & ` `    ``#        Put in the data ` `    ``new_node ``=` `Node(new_data) ` `         `  `    ``# 3. Make next of new Node as head ` `    ``new_node.``next` `=` `self``.head ` `         `  `    ``# 4. Move the head to point to new Node  ` `    ``self``.head ``=` `new_node `

Time complexity of push() is O(1) as it does constant amount of work.

Add a node after a given node: (5 steps process)
We are given pointer to a node, and the new node is inserted after the given node. ## C

 `/* Given a node prev_node, insert a new node after the given ` `   ``prev_node */` `void` `insertAfter(``struct` `Node* prev_node, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/*1. check if the given prev_node is NULL */`  `    ``if` `(prev_node == NULL)  ` `    ``{  ` `       ``printf``(``"the given previous node cannot be NULL"``);        ` `       ``return``;   ` `    ``}   ` `          `  `    ``/* 2. allocate new node */` `    ``struct` `Node* new_node =(``struct` `Node*) ``malloc``(``sizeof``(``struct` `Node)); ` `  `  `    ``/* 3. put in the data  */` `    ``new_node->data  = new_data; ` `  `  `    ``/* 4. Make next of new node as next of prev_node */` `    ``new_node->next = prev_node->next;  ` `  `  `    ``/* 5. move the next of prev_node as new_node */` `    ``prev_node->next = new_node; ` `} `

## Java

 `/* This function is in LinkedList class. ` `   ``Inserts a new node after the given prev_node. This method is  ` `   ``defined inside LinkedList class shown above */` `public` `void` `insertAfter(Node prev_node, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1. Check if the given Node is null */` `    ``if` `(prev_node == ``null``) ` `    ``{ ` `        ``System.out.println(``"The given previous node cannot be null"``); ` `        ``return``; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* 2. Allocate the Node & ` `       ``3. Put in the data*/` `    ``Node new_node = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. Make next of new Node as next of prev_node */` `    ``new_node.next = prev_node.next; ` ` `  `    ``/* 5. make next of prev_node as new_node */` `    ``prev_node.next = new_node; ` `} `

## Python

 `# This function is in LinkedList class. ` `# Inserts a new node after the given prev_node. This method is  ` `# defined inside LinkedList class shown above */ ` `def` `insertAfter(``self``, prev_node, new_data): ` ` `  `    ``# 1. check if the given prev_node exists ` `    ``if` `prev_node ``is` `None``: ` `        ``print` `"The given previous node must inLinkedList."` `        ``return` ` `  `    ``#  2. Create new node & ` `    ``#  3. Put in the data ` `    ``new_node ``=` `Node(new_data) ` ` `  `    ``# 4. Make next of new Node as next of prev_node  ` `    ``new_node.``next` `=` `prev_node.``next` ` `  `    ``# 5. make next of prev_node as new_node  ` `    ``prev_node.``next` `=` `new_node `

Time complexity of insertAfter() is O(1) as it does constant amount of work.

Add a node at the end: (6 steps process)
The new node is always added after the last node of the given Linked List. For example if the given Linked List is 5->10->15->20->25 and we add an item 30 at the end, then the Linked List becomes 5->10->15->20->25->30.
Since a Linked List is typically represented by the head of it, we have to traverse the list till end and then change the next of last node to new node. Following are the 6 steps to add node at the end.

## C

 `/* Given a reference (pointer to pointer) to the head ` `   ``of a list and an int, appends a new node at the end  */` `void` `append(``struct` `Node** head_ref, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1. allocate node */` `    ``struct` `Node* new_node = (``struct` `Node*) ``malloc``(``sizeof``(``struct` `Node)); ` ` `  `    ``struct` `Node *last = *head_ref;  ``/* used in step 5*/` `  `  `    ``/* 2. put in the data  */` `    ``new_node->data  = new_data; ` ` `  `    ``/* 3. This new node is going to be the last node, so make next  ` `          ``of it as NULL*/` `    ``new_node->next = NULL; ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. If the Linked List is empty, then make the new node as head */` `    ``if` `(*head_ref == NULL) ` `    ``{ ` `       ``*head_ref = new_node; ` `       ``return``; ` `    ``}   ` `      `  `    ``/* 5. Else traverse till the last node */` `    ``while` `(last->next != NULL) ` `        ``last = last->next; ` `  `  `    ``/* 6. Change the next of last node */` `    ``last->next = new_node; ` `    ``return``;     ` `} `

## Java

 `/* Appends a new node at the end.  This method is  ` `   ``defined inside LinkedList class shown above */` `public` `void` `append(``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1. Allocate the Node & ` `       ``2. Put in the data ` `       ``3. Set next as null */` `    ``Node new_node = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. If the Linked List is empty, then make the ` `           ``new node as head */` `    ``if` `(head == ``null``) ` `    ``{ ` `        ``head = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` `        ``return``; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. This new node is going to be the last node, so ` `         ``make next of it as null */` `    ``new_node.next = ``null``; ` ` `  `    ``/* 5. Else traverse till the last node */` `    ``Node last = head;  ` `    ``while` `(last.next != ``null``) ` `        ``last = last.next; ` ` `  `    ``/* 6. Change the next of last node */` `    ``last.next = new_node; ` `    ``return``; ` `} `

## Python

 `# This function is defined in Linked List class ` `# Appends a new node at the end.  This method is ` `#  defined inside LinkedList class shown above */ ` `def` `append(``self``, new_data): `   `   ``# 1. Create a new node ` `   ``# 2. Put in the data ` `   ``# 3. Set next as None ` `   ``new_node ``=` `Node(new_data) `   `   ``# 4. If the Linked List is empty, then make the ` `   ``#    new node as head ` `   ``if` `self``.head ``is` `None``: ` `        ``self``.head ``=` `new_node ` `        ``return`   `   ``# 5. Else traverse till the last node ` `   ``last ``=` `self``.head ` `   ``while` `(last.``next``): ` `       ``last ``=` `last.``next`   `   ``# 6. Change the next of last node ` `   ``last.``next` `=`  `new_node `

Time complexity of append is O(n) where n is the number of nodes in linked list. Since there is a loop from head to end, the function does O(n) work.
This method can also be optimized to work in O(1) by keeping an extra pointer to tail of linked list/

Following is a complete program that uses all of the above methods to create a linked list.

## C

 `// A complete working C program to demonstrate all insertion methods ` `// on Linked List ` `#include ` `#include ` ` `  `// A linked list node ` `struct` `Node ` `{ ` `  ``int` `data; ` `  ``struct` `Node *next; ` `}; ` ` `  `/* Given a reference (pointer to pointer) to the head of a list and  ` `   ``an int, inserts a new node on the front of the list. */` `void` `push(``struct` `Node** head_ref, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1. allocate node */` `    ``struct` `Node* new_node = (``struct` `Node*) ``malloc``(``sizeof``(``struct` `Node)); ` ` `  `    ``/* 2. put in the data  */` `    ``new_node->data  = new_data; ` ` `  `    ``/* 3. Make next of new node as head */` `    ``new_node->next = (*head_ref); ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. move the head to point to the new node */` `    ``(*head_ref)    = new_node; ` `} ` ` `  `/* Given a node prev_node, insert a new node after the given  ` `   ``prev_node */` `void` `insertAfter(``struct` `Node* prev_node, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/*1. check if the given prev_node is NULL */` `    ``if` `(prev_node == NULL) ` `    ``{ ` `      ``printf``(``"the given previous node cannot be NULL"``); ` `      ``return``; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* 2. allocate new node */` `    ``struct` `Node* new_node =(``struct` `Node*) ``malloc``(``sizeof``(``struct` `Node)); ` ` `  `    ``/* 3. put in the data  */` `    ``new_node->data  = new_data; ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. Make next of new node as next of prev_node */` `    ``new_node->next = prev_node->next; ` ` `  `    ``/* 5. move the next of prev_node as new_node */` `    ``prev_node->next = new_node; ` `} ` ` `  `/* Given a reference (pointer to pointer) to the head ` `   ``of a list and an int, appends a new node at the end  */` `void` `append(``struct` `Node** head_ref, ``int` `new_data) ` `{ ` `    ``/* 1. allocate node */` `    ``struct` `Node* new_node = (``struct` `Node*) ``malloc``(``sizeof``(``struct` `Node)); ` ` `  `    ``struct` `Node *last = *head_ref;  ``/* used in step 5*/` ` `  `    ``/* 2. put in the data  */` `    ``new_node->data  = new_data; ` ` `  `    ``/* 3. This new node is going to be the last node, so make next of ` `          ``it as NULL*/` `    ``new_node->next = NULL; ` ` `  `    ``/* 4. If the Linked List is empty, then make the new node as head */` `    ``if` `(*head_ref == NULL) ` `    ``{ ` `       ``*head_ref = new_node; ` `       ``return``; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* 5. Else traverse till the last node */` `    ``while` `(last->next != NULL) ` `        ``last = last->next; ` ` `  `    ``/* 6. Change the next of last node */` `    ``last->next = new_node; ` `    ``return``; ` `} ` ` `  `// This function prints contents of linked list starting from head ` `void` `printList(``struct` `Node *node) ` `{ ` `  ``while` `(node != NULL) ` `  ``{ ` `     ``printf``(``" %d "``, node->data); ` `     ``node = node->next; ` `  ``} ` `} ` ` `  `/* Driver program to test above functions*/` `int` `main() ` `{ ` `  ``/* Start with the empty list */` `  ``struct` `Node* head = NULL; ` ` `  `  ``// Insert 6.  So linked list becomes 6->NULL ` `  ``append(&head, 6); ` ` `  `  ``// Insert 7 at the beginning. So linked list becomes 7->6->NULL ` `  ``push(&head, 7); ` ` `  `  ``// Insert 1 at the beginning. So linked list becomes 1->7->6->NULL ` `  ``push(&head, 1); ` ` `  `  ``// Insert 4 at the end. So linked list becomes 1->7->6->4->NULL ` `  ``append(&head, 4); ` ` `  `  ``// Insert 8, after 7. So linked list becomes 1->7->8->6->4->NULL ` `  ``insertAfter(head->next, 8); ` ` `  `  ``printf``(````" Created Linked list is: "````); ` `  ``printList(head); ` ` `  `  ``return` `0; ` `} `

## Java

 `// A complete working Java program to demonstrate all insertion methods ` `// on linked list ` `class` `LinkedList ` `{ ` `    ``Node head;  ``// head of list ` ` `  `    ``/* Linked list Node*/` `    ``class` `Node ` `    ``{ ` `        ``int` `data; ` `        ``Node next; ` `        ``Node(``int` `d) {data = d; next = ``null``; } ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* Inserts a new Node at front of the list. */` `    ``public` `void` `push(``int` `new_data) ` `    ``{ ` `        ``/* 1 & 2: Allocate the Node & ` `                  ``Put in the data*/` `        ``Node new_node = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` ` `  `        ``/* 3. Make next of new Node as head */` `        ``new_node.next = head; ` ` `  `        ``/* 4. Move the head to point to new Node */` `        ``head = new_node; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* Inserts a new node after the given prev_node. */` `    ``public` `void` `insertAfter(Node prev_node, ``int` `new_data) ` `    ``{ ` `        ``/* 1. Check if the given Node is null */` `        ``if` `(prev_node == ``null``) ` `        ``{ ` `            ``System.out.println(``"The given previous node cannot be null"``); ` `            ``return``; ` `        ``} ` ` `  `        ``/* 2 & 3: Allocate the Node & ` `                  ``Put in the data*/` `        ``Node new_node = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` ` `  `        ``/* 4. Make next of new Node as next of prev_node */` `        ``new_node.next = prev_node.next; ` ` `  `        ``/* 5. make next of prev_node as new_node */` `        ``prev_node.next = new_node; ` `    ``} ` `    `  `    ``/* Appends a new node at the end.  This method is  ` `       ``defined inside LinkedList class shown above */` `    ``public` `void` `append(``int` `new_data) ` `    ``{ ` `        ``/* 1. Allocate the Node & ` `           ``2. Put in the data ` `           ``3. Set next as null */` `        ``Node new_node = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` ` `  `        ``/* 4. If the Linked List is empty, then make the ` `              ``new node as head */` `        ``if` `(head == ``null``) ` `        ``{ ` `            ``head = ``new` `Node(new_data); ` `            ``return``; ` `        ``} ` ` `  `        ``/* 4. This new node is going to be the last node, so ` `              ``make next of it as null */` `        ``new_node.next = ``null``; ` ` `  `        ``/* 5. Else traverse till the last node */` `        ``Node last = head;  ` `        ``while` `(last.next != ``null``) ` `            ``last = last.next; ` ` `  `        ``/* 6. Change the next of last node */` `        ``last.next = new_node; ` `        ``return``; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* This function prints contents of linked list starting from ` `        ``the given node */` `    ``public` `void` `printList() ` `    ``{ ` `        ``Node tnode = head; ` `        ``while` `(tnode != ``null``) ` `        ``{ ` `            ``System.out.print(tnode.data+``" "``); ` `            ``tnode = tnode.next; ` `        ``} ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``/* Driver program to test above functions. Ideally this function ` `       ``should be in a separate user class.  It is kept here to keep ` `       ``code compact */` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args) ` `    ``{ ` `        ``/* Start with the empty list */` `        ``LinkedList llist = ``new` `LinkedList(); ` ` `  `        ``// Insert 6.  So linked list becomes 6->NUllist ` `        ``llist.append(``6``); ` ` `  `        ``// Insert 7 at the beginning. So linked list becomes ` `        ``// 7->6->NUllist ` `        ``llist.push(``7``); ` ` `  `        ``// Insert 1 at the beginning. So linked list becomes ` `        ``// 1->7->6->NUllist ` `        ``llist.push(``1``); ` ` `  `        ``// Insert 4 at the end. So linked list becomes ` `        ``// 1->7->6->4->NUllist ` `        ``llist.append(``4``); ` ` `  `        ``// Insert 8, after 7. So linked list becomes ` `        ``// 1->7->8->6->4->NUllist ` `        ``llist.insertAfter(llist.head.next, ``8``); ` ` `  `        ``System.out.println(````" Created Linked list is: "````); ` `        ``llist.printList(); ` `    ``} ` `} ` `// This code is contributed by Rajat Mishra `

## Python

 `# A complete working Python program to demonstrate all ` `# insertion methods of linked list ` ` `  `# Node class ` `class` `Node: ` ` `  `    ``# Function to initialise the node object ` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``, data): ` `        ``self``.data ``=` `data  ``# Assign data ` `        ``self``.``next` `=` `None`  `# Initialize next as null ` ` `  ` `  `# Linked List class contains a Node object ` `class` `LinkedList: ` ` `  `    ``# Function to initialize head ` `    ``def` `__init__(``self``): ` `        ``self``.head ``=` `None` ` `  ` `  `    ``# Functio to insert a new node at the beginning ` `    ``def` `push(``self``, new_data): ` ` `  `        ``# 1 & 2: Allocate the Node & ` `        ``#        Put in the data ` `        ``new_node ``=` `Node(new_data) ` ` `  `        ``# 3. Make next of new Node as head ` `        ``new_node.``next` `=` `self``.head ` ` `  `        ``# 4. Move the head to point to new Node ` `        ``self``.head ``=` `new_node ` ` `  ` `  `    ``# This function is in LinkedList class. Inserts a ` `    ``# new node after the given prev_node. This method is ` `    ``# defined inside LinkedList class shown above */ ` `    ``def` `insertAfter(``self``, prev_node, new_data): ` ` `  `        ``# 1. check if the given prev_node exists ` `        ``if` `prev_node ``is` `None``: ` `            ``print` `"The given previous node must inLinkedList."` `            ``return` ` `  `        ``#  2. create new node & ` `        ``#      Put in the data ` `        ``new_node ``=` `Node(new_data) ` ` `  `        ``# 4. Make next of new Node as next of prev_node ` `        ``new_node.``next` `=` `prev_node.``next` ` `  `        ``# 5. make next of prev_node as new_node ` `        ``prev_node.``next` `=` `new_node ` ` `  ` `  `    ``# This function is defined in Linked List class ` `    ``# Appends a new node at the end.  This method is ` `    ``# defined inside LinkedList class shown above */ ` `    ``def` `append(``self``, new_data): ` ` `  `        ``# 1. Create a new node ` `        ``# 2. Put in the data ` `        ``# 3. Set next as None ` `        ``new_node ``=` `Node(new_data) ` ` `  `        ``# 4. If the Linked List is empty, then make the ` `        ``#    new node as head ` `        ``if` `self``.head ``is` `None``: ` `            ``self``.head ``=` `new_node ` `            ``return` ` `  `        ``# 5. Else traverse till the last node ` `        ``last ``=` `self``.head ` `        ``while` `(last.``next``): ` `            ``last ``=` `last.``next` ` `  `        ``# 6. Change the next of last node ` `        ``last.``next` `=`  `new_node ` ` `  ` `  `    ``# Utility function to print the linked list ` `    ``def` `printList(``self``): ` `        ``temp ``=` `self``.head ` `        ``while` `(temp): ` `            ``print` `temp.data, ` `            ``temp ``=` `temp.``next` ` `  ` `  ` `  `# Code execution starts here ` `if` `__name__``=``=``'__main__'``: ` ` `  `    ``# Start with the empty list ` `    ``llist ``=` `LinkedList() ` ` `  `    ``# Insert 6.  So linked list becomes 6->None ` `    ``llist.append(``6``) ` ` `  `    ``# Insert 7 at the beginning. So linked list becomes 7->6->None ` `    ``llist.push(``7``); ` ` `  `    ``# Insert 1 at the beginning. So linked list becomes 1->7->6->None ` `    ``llist.push(``1``); ` ` `  `    ``# Insert 4 at the end. So linked list becomes 1->7->6->4->None ` `    ``llist.append(``4``) ` ` `  `    ``# Insert 8, after 7. So linked list becomes 1 -> 7-> 8-> 6-> 4-> None ` `    ``llist.insertAfter(llist.head.``next``, ``8``) ` ` `  `    ``print` `'Created linked list is:'``, ` `    ``llist.printList() ` ` `  `# This code is contributed by Manikantan Narasimhan `

Output:

` Created Linked list is:  1  7  8  6  4`

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