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Java Program For Removing Every K-th Node Of The Linked List

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Given a singly linked list, Your task is to remove every K-th node of the linked list. Assume that K is always less than or equal to length of Linked List.
Examples :

Input: 1->2->3->4->5->6->7->8  
        k = 3
Output: 1->2->4->5->7->8
As 3 is the k-th node after its deletion list 
would be 1->2->4->5->6->7->8
And now 4 is the starting node then from it, 6 
would be the k-th node. So no other kth node 
could be there.So, final list is:

Input: 1->2->3->4->5->6  
       k = 1
Output: Empty list 
All nodes need to be deleted

The idea is to traverse the list from the beginning and keep track of nodes visited after the last deletion. Whenever count becomes k, delete the current node and reset the count as 0.

Traverse list and do following
   (a) Count node before deletion.
   (b) If (count == k) that means current 
        node is to be deleted.
      (i)  Delete current node i.e. do

          //  assign address of next node of 
          // current node to the previous node
          // of the current node.
          prev->next = ptr->next i.e.

       (ii) Reset count as 0, i.e., do count = 0.
   (c) Update prev node if count != 0 and if
       count is 0 that means that node is a
       starting point.
   (d) Update ptr and continue until all 
       k-th node gets deleted.

Below is the implementation. 


// Java program to delete every k-th 
// Node of a singly linked list.
class GFG{
// Linked list Node 
static class Node
    int data;
    Node next;
// To remove complete list (Needed 
// for case when k is 1)
static Node freeList(Node node)
    while (node != null)
        Node next =;
        node = next;
    return node;
// Deletes every k-th node and 
// returns head of modified list.
static Node deleteKthNode(Node head, 
                          int k)
    // If linked list is empty
    if (head == null)
        return null;
    if (k == 1)
        head = freeList(head);
        return null;
    // Initialize ptr and prev before 
    // starting traversal.
    Node ptr = head, prev = null;
    // Traverse list and delete 
    // every k-th node
    int count = 0;
    while (ptr != null)
        // Increment Node count
        // Check if count is equal to k
        // if yes, then delete current Node
        if (k == count)
            // Put the next of current Node in
            // the next of previous Node
            // Set count = 0 to reach further
            // k-th Node
            count = 0;
        // Update prev if count is not 0
        if (count != 0)
            prev = ptr;
        ptr =;
    return head;
// Function to print linked list 
static void displayList(Node head)
    Node temp = head;
    while (temp != null)
        System.out.print( + 
                         " ");
        temp =;
// Utility function to create a 
// new node.
static Node newNode(int x)
    Node temp = new Node(); = x; = null;
    return temp;
// Driver Code
public static void main(String args[])
    // Start with the empty list 
    Node head = newNode(1); = newNode(2); = newNode(3); = newNode(4); = 
    newNode(5); = 
    newNode(6); =
    newNode(7); =
    int k = 3;
    head = deleteKthNode(head, k);
// This code is contributed by Arnab Kundu


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Time Complexity: O(n)

Please refer complete article on Remove every k-th node of the linked list for more details!

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Last Updated : 10 Jan, 2022
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