Find repeated character present first in a string in C++

Suppose we have a string; we have to find first character that is repeated. So is the string is “Hello Friends”, the first repeated character will be l. As there are two l’s one after another.

To solve this, we will use the hashing technique. Create one hash table, scan each character one by one, if the character is not present, then insert into hash table, if it is already present, then return that character.


 Live Demo

using namespace std;
char getFirstRepeatingChar(string &s) {
   unordered_set<char> hash;
   for (int i=0; i<s.length(); i++) {
      char c = s[i];
      if (hash.find(c) != hash.end())
         return c;
   return '\0';
int main () {
   string str = "Hello Friends";
   cout << "First repeating character is: " << getFirstRepeatingChar(str);


First repeating character is: l