Python Program to Find the Length of the Linked List using Recursion

When it is required to find the length of a linked list with the help of recursion, a method to add elements to the linked list, and a method to calculate the length of the linked list is defined. A helper function is defined that is called with the help of the previously defined length calculation method.

Below is a demonstration for the same −


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class Node:
   def __init__(self, data): = data = None

class my_linked_list:
   def __init__(self):
      self.head = None
      self.last_node = None

   def add_value(self, my_data):
      if self.last_node is None:
         self.head = Node(my_data)
         self.last_node = self.head
      else: = Node(my_data)
         self.last_node =

   def calculate_length(self):
      return self.length_helper_fun(self.head)

   def length_helper_fun(self, curr):
      if curr is None:
         return 0
      return 1 + self.length_helper_fun(

my_instance = my_linked_list()
my_data = input('Enter elements of the linked list ').split()
for elem in my_data:
print('The length of the linked list is ' + str(my_instance.calculate_length()))


Enter elements of the linked list 12 45 32 67 88 0 99
The length of the linked list is 7


  • The ‘Node’ class is created.

  • Another ‘my_linked_list’ class with required attributes is created.

  • It has an ‘init’ function that is used to initialize the first element, i.e the ‘head’ to ‘None’ and last node to ‘None’.

  • Another method named ‘add_value’ is defined, that is used to add data to the linked list.

  • Another method named ‘calculate_length’ is defined that is used to call the helper function to find the length of the linked list.

  • The helper function is defined, since recursion needs to be used here.

  • It checks for the current value of node, and returns the length of the list.

  • An object of the ‘my_linked_list’ class is created.

  • The user input is taken for the elements in the linked list.

  • Methods are called on it to add data.

  • The calculate_length method is called, and output is displayed on the console.

Updated on: 14-Apr-2021


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