How to find/detect infinite loop of linked list in java

There are multiple solutions to solve this. But we will discuss Floyd’s Cycle-Finding Algorithm.

This algorithm also called as “Tortoise and Hare Algorithm”.


1)      Initialize 2 pointers called fast and slow with header element. Move slow pointer by one element and fast pointer by two elements

2)      If these 2 pointers meet at some node then there is loop.

It’s very easy to find. Let’s see the example.



See below screen shot, here there is an infinite loop exits.

1–>2–>3–>4–>2–>3–>4–>2–>3–>4–>2… continues. No ending. This is called infinite loop/cycle in linked list.


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