C Program for Reversed String Pattern

CServer Side ProgrammingProgramming

Given a string str, our task is to print its reversed pattern. The Pattern will be incremental in reversed order, and when the string is completed fill ‘*’ in the remaining places.

Like we enter a string “abcd”, now in first line we have to print “a” then in next line we have to print “cb” and then in third line we will print “**d”.


Input: str[] = { “abcd” }
Output: a
c b
* * d


  • In first line print 1 character
  • In second line print 2 characters in reverse order
  • In third line Print 3 characters in reverse order, if the string is less than 3 then print the characters and fill the blank spaces with *.
Input: str[] = {“tutorialspoint”}

The approach used below is as follows

  • We will traverse the string from i=0 and will check i<n && k<(n-i)*2 is true
  • Then we will take a variable k and Set k as ((i*(i+1))/2)-1
  • We will check If k >= n-1 then, will Print "* " else will print the string’s value in reverse order


In function int reverse_it(char str[], int n)
   Step 1-> Declare and Initialize i, j=0 , k=0
   Step 2-> Loop For i=0 and i<n && k<(n-i)*2 and i++
      Set k as ((i*(i+1))/2)-1
      Loop For j=0 and j<i && k<(n-i)*2 and j++
      If k >= n-1 then,
         Print "* "
         Print "%c ",str[k]
         Decrement k by 1
      End loop
      Print new line
   End loop
In Function int main(int argc, char const *argv[])
   Step 1-> Declare and initialize string str[]
   Step 2-> Declare and Initialize size as sizeof(str)/sizeof(str[0])
   Step 3-> Call function reverse_it(str, size);


 Live Demo

#include <stdio.h>
int reverse_it(char str[], int n) {
   int i, j=0 , k=0;
   for(i=0; i<n && k<(n-i)*2; i++) {
      //Assigning k
      k = ((i*(i+1))/2)-1;
      for(j=0; j<i && k<(n-i)*2; j++) {
         //will check if k is greater than the total number of characters
         //then we will print * for filling the extra characters
         if(k >= n-1)
            printf("* ");
            //print the string in reverse order
            printf("%c ",str[k]);
      //for line break after reverse sequence
   return 0;
//Main Function
int main(int argc, char const *argv[]) {
   char str[] = {"tutorialspoint"};
   int size = sizeof(str)/sizeof(str[0]);
   reverse_it(str, size);
   return 0;


If run the above code it will generate the following output −

Published on 21-Oct-2019 11:08:20