Implement post-order traversal using C++ program

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

Post-order traversal

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


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

A post-order traversal can be done in two ways:

1. by recursive method


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

2. by non recursive method

This method is implemented by the use of stack.

a. push root into the 'post' (first stack)    
b. repeat while 'post' is not empty
    1. pop the node from 'post' and push it to 'pout' (second stack)
    2. push the left and right child of the node to 'post'
c. print the elements of 'pout'

C++ code to implement post-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 postorder traversal of a BST*/
void postorder(node* root)
    stack<node*> post;

    stack<int> pout;
    while (!post.empty()) {
        node* curr =;

        if (curr->left) {
        if (curr->right) {
    cout << "PostOrder traversal :";
    while (!pout.empty()) {
        cout << << " ";

//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);

    /*Call/invoke statement for postorder method*/

    cout << endl;

    return 0;


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

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