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C++ programming Fleury’s Algorithm for printing Eulerian Path or Circuit

C++ programming Fleury’s Algorithm for printing Eulerian Path or Circuit - learn in 30 sec from microsoft awarded MVP,Eulerian Path is a path in graph that visits every edge exactly once.

Eulerian Path is a path in graph that visits every edge exactly once. Eulerian Circuit is an Eulerian Path which starts and ends on the same vertex.

We strongly recommend to first read the following post on Euler Path and Circuit.

In the above mentioned post, we discussed the problem of finding out whether a given graph is Eulerian or not. In this post, an algorithm to print Eulerian trail or circuit is discussed.

Following is Fleury’s Algorithm for printing Eulerian trail or cycle (Source Ref1).

1. Make sure the graph has either 0 or 2 odd vertices.

2. If there are 0 odd vertices, start anywhere. If there are 2 odd vertices, start at one of them.

3. Follow edges one at a time. If you have a choice between a bridge and a non-bridge, always choose the non-bridge.

4. Stop when you run out of edges.

The idea is, “don’t burn bridges so that we can come back to a vertex and traverse remaining edges. For example let us consider the following graph.

There are two vertices with odd degree, ‘2’ and ‘3’, we can start path from any of them. Let us start tour from vertex ‘2’.

There are three edges going out from vertex ‘2’, which one to pick? We don’t pick the edge ‘2-3’ because that is a bridge (we won’t be able to come back to ‘3’). We can pick any of the remaining two edge. Let us say we pick ‘2-0’. We remove this edge and move to vertex ‘0’.

There is only one edge from vertex ‘0’, so we pick it, remove it and move to vertex ‘1’. Euler tour becomes ‘2-0 0-1’.

There is only one edge from vertex ‘1’, so we pick it, remove it and move to vertex ‘2’. Euler tour becomes ‘2-0 0-1 1-2’

Again there is only one edge from vertex 2, so we pick it, remove it and move to vertex 3. Euler tour becomes ‘2-0 0-1 1-2 2-3’

There are no more edges left, so we stop here. Final tour is ‘2-0 0-1 1-2 2-3’.

See this for and this fore more examples.

Following is C++ implementation of above algorithm. In the following code, it is assumed that the given graph has an Eulerian trail or Circuit. The main focus is to print an Eulerian trail or circuit. We can use isEulerian() to first check whether there is an Eulerian Trail or Circuit in the given graph.

We first find the starting point which must be an odd vertex (if there are odd vertices) and store it in variable ‘u’. If there are zero odd vertices, we start from vertex ‘0’. We call printEulerUtil() to print Euler tour starting with u. We traverse all adjacent vertices of u, if there is only one adjacent vertex, we immediately consider it. If there are more than one adjacent vertices, we consider an adjacent v only if edge u-v is not a bridge. How to find if a given is edge is bridge? We count number of vertices reachable from u. We remove edge u-v and again count number of reachable vertices from u. If number of reachable vertices are reduced, then edge u-v is a bridge. To count reachable vertices, we can either use BFS or DFS, we have used DFS in the above code. The function DFSCount(u) returns number of vertices reachable from u.
Once an edge is processed (included in Euler tour), we remove it from the graph. To remove the edge, we replace the vertex entry with -1 in adjacency list. Note that simply deleting the node may not work as the code is recursive and a parent call may be in middle of adjacency list.

C++ programming:

// A C++ program print Eulerian Trail in a given Eulerian or Semi-Eulerian Graph
#include <iostream>
#include <string.h>
#include <algorithm>
#include <list>
using namespace std;
// A class that represents an undirected graph
class Graph
  int V;    // No. of vertices
  list<int> *adj;    // A dynamic array of adjacency lists
    // Constructor and destructor
  Graph(int V)  { this->V = V;  adj = new list<int>[V];  }
  ~Graph()      { delete [] adj;  }
  // functions to add and remove edge
  void addEdge(int u, int v) {  adj[u].push_back(v); adj[v].push_back(u); }
  void rmvEdge(int u, int v);
  // Methods to print Eulerian tour
  void printEulerTour();
  void printEulerUtil(int s);
  // This function returns count of vertices reachable from v. It does DFS
  int DFSCount(int v, bool visited[]);
  // Utility function to check if edge u-v is a valid next edge in
  // Eulerian trail or circuit
  bool isValidNextEdge(int u, int v);
/* The main function that print Eulerian Trail. It first finds an odd
   degree vertex (if there is any) and then calls printEulerUtil()
   to print the path */
void Graph::printEulerTour()
  // Find a vertex with odd degree
  int u = 0;
  for (int i = 0; i < V; i++)
      if (adj[i].size() & 1)
        {   u = i; break;  }
  // Print tour starting from oddv
  cout << endl;
// Print Euler tour starting from vertex u
void Graph::printEulerUtil(int u)
  // Recur for all the vertices adjacent to this vertex
  list<int>::iterator i;
  for (i = adj[u].begin(); i != adj[u].end(); ++i)
      int v = *i;
      // If edge u-v is not removed and it's a a valid next edge
      if (v != -1 && isValidNextEdge(u, v))
          cout << u << "-" << v << "  ";
          rmvEdge(u, v);
// The function to check if edge u-v can be considered as next edge in
// Euler Tout
bool Graph::isValidNextEdge(int u, int v)
  // The edge u-v is valid in one of the following two cases:
  // 1) If v is the only adjacent vertex of u
  int count = 0;  // To store count of adjacent vertices
  list<int>::iterator i;
  for (i = adj[u].begin(); i != adj[u].end(); ++i)
     if (*i != -1)
  if (count == 1)
    return true;
  // 2) If there are multiple adjacents, then u-v is not a bridge
  // Do following steps to check if u-v is a bridge
  // 2.a) count of vertices reachable from u
  bool visited[V];
  memset(visited, false, V);
  int count1 = DFSCount(u, visited);
  // 2.b) Remove edge (u, v) and after removing the edge, count
  // vertices reachable from u
  rmvEdge(u, v);
  memset(visited, false, V);
  int count2 = DFSCount(u, visited);
  // 2.c) Add the edge back to the graph
  addEdge(u, v);
  // 2.d) If count1 is greater, then edge (u, v) is a bridge
  return (count1 > count2)? false: true;
// This function removes edge u-v from graph.  It removes the edge by
// replacing adjcent vertex value with -1.
void Graph::rmvEdge(int u, int v)
  // Find v in adjacency list of u and replace it with -1
  list<int>::iterator iv = find(adj[u].begin(), adj[u].end(), v);
  *iv = -1;
  // Find u in adjacency list of v and replace it with -1
  list<int>::iterator iu = find(adj[v].begin(), adj[v].end(), u);
  *iu = -1;
// A DFS based function to count reachable vertices from v
int Graph::DFSCount(int v, bool visited[])
  // Mark the current node as visited
  visited[v] = true;
  int count = 1;
  // Recur for all vertices adjacent to this vertex
  list<int>::iterator i;
  for (i = adj[v].begin(); i != adj[v].end(); ++i)
      if (*i != -1 && !visited[*i])
          count += DFSCount(*i, visited);
  return count;
// Driver program to test above function
int main()
  // Let us first create and test graphs shown in above figure
  Graph g1(4);
  g1.addEdge(0, 1);
  g1.addEdge(0, 2);
  g1.addEdge(1, 2);
  g1.addEdge(2, 3);
  Graph g2(3);
  g2.addEdge(0, 1);
  g2.addEdge(1, 2);
  g2.addEdge(2, 0);
  Graph g3(5);
  g3.addEdge(1, 0);
  g3.addEdge(0, 2);
  g3.addEdge(2, 1);
  g3.addEdge(0, 3);
  g3.addEdge(3, 4);
  g3.addEdge(3, 2);
  g3.addEdge(3, 1);
  g3.addEdge(2, 4);
  return 0;


2-0  0-1  1-2  2-3
0-1  1-2  2-0
0-1  1-2  2-0  0-3  3-4  4-2  2-3  3-1

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