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Java Program For Finding The Length Of Loop In Linked List

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  • Last Updated : 05 Apr, 2022

Write a function detectAndCountLoop() that checks whether a given Linked List contains loop and if loop is present then returns count of nodes in loop. For example, the loop is present in below-linked list and length of the loop is 4. If the loop is not present, then the function should return 0.

It is known that Floyd’s Cycle detection algorithm terminates when fast and slow pointers meet at a common point. It is also known that this common point is one of the loop nodes. Store the address of this common point in a pointer variable say (ptr). Then initialize a counter with 1 and start from the common point and keeps on visiting the next node and increasing the counter till the common pointer is reached again. 
At that point, the value of the counter will be equal to the length of the loop.

  1. Find the common point in the loop by using the Floyd’s Cycle detection algorithm
  2. Store the pointer in a temporary variable and keep a count = 0
  3. Traverse the linked list until the same node is reached again and increase the count while moving to next node.
  4. Print the count as length of loop


// Java program to count number of nodes
// in loop in a linked list if loop is
// present
class GFG
    // Link list node
    static class Node
        int data;
        Node next;
        Node(int data)
            next =null;
    // Returns count of nodes present
    // in loop.
    static int countNodes( Node n)
        int res = 1;
        Node temp = n;
        while ( != n)
            temp =;
        return res;
    /* This function detects and counts
       loop nodes in the list. If loop
       is not there in then returns 0 */
    static int countNodesinLoop( Node list)
        Node slow_p = list,
             fast_p = list;
        while (slow_p !=null &&
               fast_p!=null &&
            slow_p =;
            fast_p =;
            /* If slow_p and fast_p meet at some
               point then there is a loop */
            if (slow_p == fast_p)
                return countNodes(slow_p);
        // Return 0 to indicate that there is
        // no loop
        return 0;
    static Node newNode(int key)
        Node temp = new Node(key);   
        return temp;
    // Driver code
    public static void main (String[] args)
        Node head = newNode(1); = newNode(2); = newNode(3); = newNode(4); = newNode(5);
        // Create a loop for testing =;
        System.out.println( countNodesinLoop(head));
// This code is contributed by inder_verma.



Complexity Analysis:

  • Time complexity:O(n). 
    Only one traversal of the linked list is needed.
  • Auxiliary Space:O(1). 
    As no extra space is required.

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