Print all permutations with repetition

For the given input string, print all the possible permutations. Repetition of characters is allowed.

We should print them in lexicographic order.


a. Input string is: AB

    Total 4 permutations.

b. Input string is: ABC

            AAA, AAB, AAC, ABA, ABB, ABC, ACA, ACB, ACC,
            BAA, BAB, BAC, BBA, BBB, BBC, BCA, BCB, BCC,
            CAA, CAB, CAC, CBA, CBB, CBC, CCA, CCB, CCC
            Total 27 permutations.


Total number of possible permutations is nn

Here we use recursion,

a. We fix all characters one by one at the index and we use recursion for the subsequent indices.

b. We fix the ith character at index and if it is not the last index, then recursively call for higher indexes.

c. If it is the last index, we print the sting stored.

d. We need to do this lexicographic order, so we use inbuild function qsort to sort the characters of string and apply recursion on the sorted string.

Algorithm working

C++ Program

#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;
int Compare(const void * a, const void * b)
    return( *(char *)a - *(char *)b );
//Recursive function 
//Not lexicographic order
void PrintPermutationsRecursion (char *str, char* data, int last, int index)
    int i, length = strlen(str);
    for ( i=0; i<length; i++ )
        data[index] = str[i] ;
        //print string if it is last index
        if (index == last)
        //Recurstion for next index if not last index
            PrintPermutationsRecursion(str, data, last, index+1);
//Print in lexicographic order
void PrintLexicographicOrder(char *str)
    int length = strlen(str) ;
    char *data = (char *) malloc (sizeof(char) * (length + 1)) ;
    //Null termination   
    data[length] = '\0';
    //sort input string in lexicographic order
    qsort(str, length, sizeof(char), Compare);
    //Call recursive function on sorted string
    PrintPermutationsRecursion (str, data, length-1, 0);
    //Free memory
//Main function
int main()
    char str[] = "CAB";
    cout<<"Permutations with repetation for string "<<str<<" are: "<<endl;
    return 0;
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