C++ STL Priority Queue Program

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In this tutorial, we will learn about the working of Priority Queue, in the C++ programming language.

To understand the basic functionality of the Priority Queue in CPP, we will recommend you to visit C++ STL Priority Queue, where we have explained this concept in detail from scratch.

For a better understanding of its implementation, refer to the well-commented C++ code given below.


#include <iostream>
#include <bits/stdc++.h>

using namespace std;

//Function to print the elements of the Priority Queue
void show(priority_queue<int> q)
    //Copying the Priority Queue into another to maintain the original Priority Queue
    priority_queue<int> pq = q;

    while (!pq.empty())
        cout << "\t" << pq.top(); //printing the top most element
        pq.pop();                 //deleting the top most element to move to the next

    cout << endl;

int main()
    cout << "\n\nWelcome to Studytonight :-)\n\n\n";
    cout << " =====  Program to demonstrate the Implementation of Priority Queue, in CPP  ===== \n\n";

    int i;

    //Declaring a Priority Queue of integers
    //Note: by default the priority queue is Max heap in c++
    priority_queue<int> q;

    //Filling the elements
    cout << "Inserting elements into the Priority Queue\n\n";
    for (i = 1; i < 6; i++)
        q.push(i * 10);

    cout << "The Priority Queue is: ";

    cout << "\n\nThe number of elements in the Priority Queue are : " << q.size();

    cout << "\n\nThe first element or the element with the highest priority is: " << q.top();

    cout << "\n\nAfter Deleting the top most element or the highest priority element from the Priority Queue, it becomes: ";

    cout << "\n\n\n";

    return 0;


c++ Priority Queue

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