Implement in-order traversal using C++ program

In this tutorial, we will learn how to implement in-order traversal using C++ program? This tutorial also contains different methods, algorithms, and examples. By Shubham Singh Rajawat Last updated : August 09, 2023

In-order traversal

In in-order traversal the left subtree is first then the root and later then right subtree i.e. in the order LNR (Left Node Right) where Node is the current node.


  • L (recursively traverse left subtree)
  • N (process node i.e. current root)
  • R (recursively traverse right subtree)

An in-order traversal can be done in two ways:

1. Algorithm by recursive method

    a. Traverse the left subtree (inorder(root->left))
    b. visit the root
    c. Traverse the right subtree (inorder(root->right))

2. Algorithm by non-recursive method

This method is implemented by the use of stack.

a. create an empty stack
b. initialize current node as root node.
c. push current into the stack while current->left != NULL 
   update current as current=current->left
d. repeat while current is NULL and stack is not empty
    1. pop the element from the stack and update 
       current equal to the popped     element 
    2. print info of current
3.update current=current->right

C++ code to implement in-order traversal

#include <iostream>
#include <stack>
using namespace std;

/*structure to store a BST*/
struct node {
    int info;
    node *left, *right;

/*Method to create a newNode if a tree does not exist*/
node* newNode(int n)
    node* ptr = new node;
    ptr->info = n;
    ptr->left = ptr->right = NULL;
    return ptr;

/*Method to insert given node in the BST */
node* insert(node* node, int info)
    if (node == NULL) {
        return newNode(info);
    if (info < node->info) {
        node->left = insert(node->left, info);
    else {
        node->right = insert(node->right, info);
    return node;

/*Method to print inorder traversal of a BST*/
void inorder(node* root)
    stack<node*> stack;
    node* curr = root;
    while (!stack.empty() || curr != NULL) {
        /*If current node is not NULL push the node in stack*/
        if (curr != NULL) {
            curr = curr->left;
        /*If current node is empty or NULL pop it from the stack */
        else {
            curr =;
            cout << curr->info << " ";
            curr = curr->right;

//main program
int main()
    node* root = newNode(60);

    insert(root, 50);
    insert(root, 70);
    insert(root, 40);
    insert(root, 30);
    insert(root, 80);
    insert(root, 75);
    insert(root, 65);
    insert(root, 45);
    insert(root, 55);
    insert(root, 90);
    insert(root, 67);

    cout << "Inorder traversal :";
    /*Call/invoke statement for inorder method*/

    cout << endl;

    return 0;


Inorder traversal :30 40 45 50 55 60 65 67 70 75 80 90

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