Create Empty Linked List Node in Python (Example)


In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an empty linked list node in Python.

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Creation of Linked List Node Class

First, let’s create an object class specifically designed for our linked list nodes. We’ll call this class LLNode.

In a linked list, each node plays a crucial role in holding data, as well as establishing a connection to the next node in the list. To represent these core elements, we will define two attributes within the LLNode class, data and next.

We will use the __init__ constructor to initialize them with the object instance called as self.

class LLNode:                 # create linked list node class
    def __init__(self, data = None, next = None): = data = next

As seen, None have been assigned as the default initial value for both data and next attributes. Then the data and next parameters have been set to these attributes.

In the next section, we will create an object instance, which doesn’t hold any data.


Example: Create Empty Linked List Node

As previously shown, the initial attribute values have been set to None. Therefore, if we create a node instance without any values assigned, it will result in an empty node.

empty_node = LLNode()         # create empty linked list node
print(        # print empty node
# None

As you can see, empty_node doesn’t contain any data. If we wish that it had one, we could override the data attribute, like LLNode(data = new value).


Video & Further Resources

Do you need further information on the contents of the present article? Then you may watch the following video on my YouTube channel. In the video, I illustrate the Python code of this article:


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Besides the video, you may take a look at the related tutorials that I have published on my website. I have released numerous articles already:


To summarize: This article has shown how to initialize an empty linked list node in Python. Please let me know in the comments, if you have additional questions.


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This page was created in collaboration with Cansu Kebabci. Take a look at Cansu’s author page to get more information about her professional background, a list of all his tutorials, as well as an overview on her other tasks on Statistics Globe.


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