C program of Bubble sort using linked list

Mr Coder August 23, 2012 7

C program of bubble sort using linked list : In my previous code of Bubble sort algorithm, we have seen how to write a C program of bubble sort using for loop. Today we will learn how to write c code of bubble sort using linked list.

Bubble sort algorithm is a simple sorting algorithm that works by repeatedly stepping through the list to be sorted, comparing each pair of adjacent items and swapping them if they are in the wrong order. The pass through the list is repeated until no swaps are needed, which indicates that the list is sorted.

Let us see how to implement bubble sort algorithm using linked list in C programming. In my below code i have taken number of elements and elements to be sorted as input from the user and then displayed the sorted list of elements obtained by Bubble sort using Linked list.

C program of bubble sort using linked list :

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <conio.h>

struct lnode {
 int data;
 struct lnode *next;
} *head, *visit;

/* add a new entry to the linked list */
void llist_add(struct lnode **q, int num);
/* preform a bubble sort on the linked list */
void llist_bubble_sort(void);
/* print the entire linked list */
void llist_print(void);

int main(void) {
 /* linked list */
 struct lnode *newnode = NULL;
 int i = 0,num,a[20]; /* a general counter */
 printf("-------------------made by C code champ ------------------------------\n");
 printf("\nEnter the number of elements : ");
 /* load some random values into the linked list */
 printf("\nEnter the elements to be sorted : \n");
 for(i = 0; i < num; i++) {
  llist_add(&newnode, a[i]);

 head = newnode;
 printf("\nList of input elements :\n");
 printf("\n\nSorted List of elements by bubble sort :\n");
 return 0;

/* adds a node at the end of a linked list */
void llist_add(struct lnode **q, int num) {
 struct lnode *tmp; 

 tmp = *q;

 /* if the list is empty, create first node */
 if(*q == NULL) {
  *q = malloc(sizeof(struct lnode));
   tmp = *q;
 } else {
  /* go to last node */
  while(tmp->next != NULL)
   tmp = tmp->next;

   /* add node at the end */
   tmp->next = malloc(sizeof(struct lnode));
   tmp = tmp->next;

 /* assign data to the last node */
 tmp->data = num;
 tmp->next = NULL;

/* print the entire linked list */
void llist_print(void) {
 visit = head;

 while(visit != NULL) {
  printf("%d\t", visit->data);
  visit = visit->next;

/* preform a bubble sort on the linked list */
void llist_bubble_sort(void) {
 struct lnode *a = NULL;
 struct lnode *b = NULL; 
 struct lnode *c = NULL;
 struct lnode *e = NULL; 
 struct lnode *tmp = NULL; 

 // the `c' node precedes the `a' and `e' node 
 // pointing up the node to which the comparisons
 // are being made. 
 while(e != head->next) {
 c = a = head;
 b = a->next;
  while(a != e) {
   if(a->data > b->data) {
    if(a == head) {
     tmp = b -> next;
     b->next = a;
     a->next = tmp;
     head = b;
     c = b;
    } else {
     tmp = b->next;
     b->next = a;
     a->next = tmp;
     c->next = b;
     c = b;
   } else {
    c = a;
    a = a->next;
   b = a->next;
   if(b == e)
    e = a;

We hope that you all have enjoyed the above C program of Bubble sort using linked list. If you have any issues with the C code or logic used in the program, feel free to contact us in form of comments.


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