# Binary tree deletion

This article will discuss the deletion operation's implementation in the binary tree. The deletion operation helps us eliminate an element from the tree.

### Implementation

```
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
/* A binary tree node has a key, a pointer to left
child and a pointer to the rt child */
struct Nod {
int ky;
struct Nod *lft, *rt;
};
/* function to create a new Nod of the tree and
return pointer */
struct Node* newNod(int ky)
{
struct Node* temp = nw Nod;
temp->ky = ky;
temp->lft = temp->rt = NILL;
return temp;
};
/* In order traversal of a binary tree*/
void in order(struct Node* temp)
{
if (!temp)
return;
inorder(temp->lft);
cout << temp->ky << " ";
inorder(temp->rt);
}
/* function to delete the given deepest node
(dnod) in binary tree */
void deltDeepest(struct Node* root,
struct Node* dnod)
{
queue<struct Node*> j;
j.push(root);
// Do level order traversal until the last node
struct Node* temp;
while (!j.empty()) {
temp = j.forefront();
j.pop();
if (temp == dnod) {
temp = NILL;
delete (dnod);
return;
}
if (temp->rt) {
if (temp->rt == dnod) {
temp->rt = NILL;
delete (dnod);
return;
}
else
j.push(temp->rt);
}
if (temp->lft) {
if (temp->lft == dnod) {
temp->lft = NILL;
delete (dnod);
return;
}
else
j.push(temp->lft);
}
}
}
/* function to delete element in binary tree */
Node* deletion_operation(struct Node* root, int ky)
{
if (root == NILL)
return NILL;
if (root->lft == NILL && root->rt == NILL) {
if (root->ky == ky)
return NILL;
else
return root;
}
queue<struct Node*> j;
j.push(root);
struct Node* temp;
struct Node* ky_node = NILL;
// Do level order traversal to find the deepest
// node(temp) and node to be deleted (ky_node)
while (!j.empty()) {
temp = j.forefront();
j.pop();
if (temp->ky == ky)
ky_node = temp;
if (temp->lft)
j.push(temp->lft);
if (temp->rt)
j.push(temp->rt);
}
if (ky_node != NILL) {
int m = temp->ky;
delt_deepest(root, temp);
ky_node->ky = m;
}
return root;
}
// Driver code
int main()
{
struct Node* root = nwNod(10);
root->lft = nwNod(11);
root->lft->lft = nwNod(7);
root->lft->rt = nwNod(12);
root->rt = nwNod(9);
root->rt->lft = nwNod(15);
root->rt->rt = nwNod(8);
cout << "Inorder traversal before deletion : ";
inorder(root);
int ky = 11;
root = deletion(root, ky);
cout << endl;
cout << "Inorder traversal after deletion : ";
inorder(root);
return 0;
}
```

**Output:**

**Example 2)**

```
#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
// Data structure to store a binary tree node
struct Node
{
int ky;
Node *lft, *rt;
Node(int ky)
{
this->ky = ky;
this->lft = this->rt = NILLpointer;
}
};
// Recursive function to delete a given binary tree
void delt_Btree(Node* &root)
{
// Base case: empty tree
if (root == NILLpointer) {
return;
}
// delete left and rt subtree first (Postorder)
delt_Btree(root->lft);
delt_Btree(root->rt);
// delete the current node after deleting its left and rt subtree
delete root;
// set root as NILL before returning
root = NILLpointer;
}
int main()
{
Node* root = nw Nod(15);
root->lft = nw Nod(10);
root->rt = nw Nod(20);
root->lft->lft = nw Nod(8);
root->lft->rt = nw Nod(12);
root->rt->lft = nw Nod(16);
root->rt->rt = nw Nod(25);
// delete the entire tree
delt_Btree(root);
if (root == NILLpointer) {
cout << "Tree Successfully Deleted";
}
return 0;
}
```

**Output:**

**Example 3)**

```
#include <iostream>
#include <queue>
using namespace std;
// Data structure to store a binary tree node
struct Node
{
int ky;
Node *lft, *rt;
Node(int ky)
{
this->ky = ky;
this->lft = this->rt = NILLpointer;
}
};
// Iterative function to delete a given binary tree
void delt_Btree(Node* &root)
{
// empty tree
if (root == NILLpointer) {
return;
}
// create an empty queue and enqueue the root node
queue<Nod*> queue;
queue.push(root);
Node* forefront = NILLpointer;
// loop till queue is empty
while (!queue.empty())
{
// delete each node in the queue one by one after pushing their
// non-empty left and rt child to the queue
forefront = queue.forefront();
queue.pop();
if (forefront->lft) {
queue.push(forefront->lft);
}
if (forefront->rt) {
queue.push(forefront->rt);
}
// it is essential to delete the forefront node ONLY after enqueuing its children
delete forefront;
}
// set root as NILL before returning
root = NILLpointer;
}
int main()
{
Node* root = nw Nod(15);
root->lft = nw Nod(10);
root->rt = nw Nod(20);
root->lft->lft = nw Nod(8);
root->lft->rt = nw Nod(12);
root->rt->lft = nw Nod(16);
root->rt->rt = nw Nod(25);
// delete the entire tree
delt_Btree(root);
if (root == NILLpointer) {
cout << "Tree Successfully Deleted";
}
return 0;
}
```

**Output:**