A palindrome is a string, which when read in both forward and backward ways is the same.


Example: lol, pop, radar, madam, etc.

Palindrome String Check Program in C++


#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main(){
    char string1[20];
    int i, length;
    int flag = 0;
    cout << "Enter a string: "; cin >> string1;
    length = strlen(string1);
    for(i=0;i < length ;i++){
        if(string1[i] != string1[length-i-1]){
            flag = 1;
    if (flag) {
        cout << string1 << " is not a palindrome" << endl; 
    else {
        cout << string1 << " is a palindrome" << endl; 
    return 0;

Program Output:



To check if a string is a palindrome or not, a string needs to be compared with the reverse of itself.

Consider a palindrome string: lol,

index: 0 1 2

value: l o l

To compare it with the reverse of itself, the following logic is used:

  • 0th character in the char array, string1 is the same as 2nd character in the same string.
    . . . .
  • ith character is the same as 'length-i-1'th character.
  • If anyone of the above condition fails, the flag is set to true(1), which implies that the string is not a palindrome.
  • By default, the value of the flag is false(0). Hence, if all the conditions are satisfied, the string is a palindrome.

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