Radix sort is based on the idea that the sorting of the input data is done digit by digit from least significant digit to most significant digit and it uses counting sort as a subroutine to perform sorting. Counting sort is a linear sorting algorithm with overall time complexity $\mathcal{O}(N+K)$ in all cases, where $N$ is the number of elements in the unsorted array and $K$ is the range of input data. The idea of radix sort is to extend the counting sort algorithm to get a better time complexity when $K$ goes up.

### Example:

To understand the radix sort, lets consider an unsorted array $A = [101, 1, 20, 50, 9, 98, 27, 153, 35, 899]$ and discuss each step taken to sort the array in ascending order.

Step 1: According to the algorithms, the input data is first sorted based on least significant digit. Therefore, array $A[]$ is sorted based on one's digit. After sorting it on one's digit it will become $[20, 50, 101, 1, 153, 35, 27, 98, 9, 899]$. Step 2: In this step, the array $A[]$ array is sorted based on ten's digit and after this step it will become $[101, 1, 9, 20, 27, 35, 50, 153, 98, 899]$. Step 3: Finally, the array $A[]$ is sorted based on hundred's digit (most significant digit) and the array will be sorted after this step and the final array will be $[1, 9, 20, 27, 35, 50, 98, 101, 153, 899]$. # function for radix sort
n = len(MyList)
max = MyList
#find largest element in the Array
for i in MyList:
if max < i:
max = i
#Counting sort is performed based on place.
#like ones place, tens place and so on.
place = 1
while max/place > 0:
countingsort(MyList, place)
place *= 10

def countingsort(MyList, place):
n = len(MyList)
output = [0 for i in range(0,n)]
#range of the number is 0-9 for each place considered.
freq = [0 for i in range(0,10)]
#count number of occurrences in freq array
for i in range(0,n):
freq[(MyList[i]//place)%10] += 1
#Change count[i] so that count[i] now contains actual
#position of this digit in output[]
for i in range(1,10):
freq[i] += freq[i - 1]
#Build the output array
for i in range(n-1,-1,-1):
output[freq[(MyList[i]//place)%10] - 1] = MyList[i]
freq[(MyList[i]//place)%10] -= 1
#Copy the output array to the input Array, Now the Array will
#contain sorted array based on digit at specified place
for i in range(0,n):
MyList[i] = output[i]

#print a list
def PrintList(MyList):
for i in MyList:
print(i, end=" ")
print("\n")

MyList = [101, 1, 20, 50, 9, 98, 27, 153, 35, 899]
print("Original List")
PrintList(MyList)

print("Sorted List")
PrintList(MyList)


Output

Original List
101 1 20 50 9 98 27 153 35 899

Sorted List
1 9 20 27 35 50 98 101 153 899


  public class MyClass {
int n = Array.length;
int max = Array;
//find largest element in the Array
for (int i=1; i<n; i++)
{
if(max < Array[i])
max = Array[i];
}
//Counting sort is performed based on place.
//like ones place, tens place and so on.
for (int place = 1; max/place > 0; place *= 10)
countingsort(Array, place);
}
static void countingsort(int Array[], int place)
{
int n = Array.length;
int[] output = new int[n];
//range of the number is 0-9 for each place considered.
int[] freq = {0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0};
//count number of occurrences in freq array
for(int i = 0; i < n; i++)
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]++;

//Change count[i] so that count[i] now contains actual
//position of this digit in output[]
for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++)
freq[i] += freq[i - 1];

//Build the output array
for (int i = n - 1; i >= 0; i--)
{
output[freq[(Array[i]/place)%10] - 1] = Array[i];
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]--;
}

//Copy the output array to the input Array, Now the Array will
//contain sorted array based on digit at specified place
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++)
Array[i] = output[i];
}

// function to print array
static void PrintArray(int Array[])
{
int n = Array.length;
for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
System.out.print(Array[i] + " ");
System.out.println();
}

public static void main(String[] args) {
int[] MyArray =  {101, 1, 20, 50, 9, 98, 27, 153, 35, 899};
System.out.println("Original Array");
PrintArray(MyArray);

System.out.println("\nSorted Array");
PrintArray(MyArray);
}
}



Output


Original Array
101 1 20 50 9 98 27 153 35 899

Sorted Array
1 9 20 27 35 50 98 101 153 899


  #include <iostream>
using namespace std;

static void radixsort(int Array[], int n);
static void countingsort(int Array[], int n, int place);
static void PrintArray(int Array[], int n);

{
int max = Array;
//find largest element in the Array
for (int i=1; i<n; i++)
{
if(max < Array[i])
max = Array[i];
}
//Counting sort is performed based on place.
//like ones place, tens place and so on.
for (int place = 1; max/place > 0; place *= 10)
countingsort(Array, n, place);
}
static void countingsort(int Array[], int n, int place)
{
int output[n];
//range of the number is 0-9 for each place considered.
int freq = {0};
//count number of occurrences in freq array
for(int i = 0; i < n; i++)
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]++;

//Change count[i] so that count[i] now contains actual
//position of this digit in output[]
for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++)
freq[i] += freq[i - 1];

//Build the output array
for (int i = n - 1; i >= 0; i--)
{
output[freq[(Array[i]/place)%10] - 1] = Array[i];
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]--;
}
//Copy the output array to the input Array, Now the Array will
//contain sorted array based on digit at specified place
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++)
Array[i] = output[i];
}

// function to print array
static void PrintArray(int Array[], int n)
{
for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
cout<<Array[i]<<" ";
cout<<"\n";
}

int main (){
int MyArray[] = {101, 1, 20, 50, 9, 98, 27, 153, 35, 899};
int n = sizeof(MyArray) / sizeof(MyArray);
cout<<"Original Array\n";
PrintArray(MyArray, n);

cout<<"\nSorted Array\n";
PrintArray(MyArray, n);
return 0;
}


Output

Original Array
101 1 20 50 9 98 27 153 35 899

Sorted Array
1 9 20 27 35 50 98 101 153 899


  #include <stdio.h>

static void radixsort(int Array[], int n);
static void countingsort(int Array[], int n, int place);
static void PrintArray(int Array[], int n);

{
int max = Array;
//find largest element in the Array
for (int i=1; i<n; i++)
{
if(max < Array[i])
max = Array[i];
}
//Counting sort is performed based on place.
//like ones place, tens place and so on.
for (int place = 1; max/place > 0; place *= 10)
countingsort(Array, n, place);
}
static void countingsort(int Array[], int n, int place)
{
int output[n];
//range of the number is 0-9 for each place considered.
int freq = {0};
//count number of occurrences in freq array
for(int i = 0; i < n; i++)
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]++;

//Change count[i] so that count[i] now contains actual
//position of this digit in output[]
for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++)
freq[i] += freq[i - 1];

//Build the output array
for (int i = n - 1; i >= 0; i--)
{
output[freq[(Array[i]/place)%10] - 1] = Array[i];
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]--;
}

//Copy the output array to the input Array, Now the Array will
//contain sorted array based on digit at specified place
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++)
Array[i] = output[i];
}

// function to print array
static void PrintArray(int Array[], int n)
{
for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
printf("%i ",Array[i]);
printf("\n");
}

int main (){
int MyArray[] = {101, 1, 20, 50, 9, 98, 27, 153, 35, 899};
int n = sizeof(MyArray) / sizeof(MyArray);
printf("Original Array\n");
PrintArray(MyArray, n);

printf("\nSorted Array\n");
PrintArray(MyArray, n);
return 0;
}


Output

Original Array
101 1 20 50 9 98 27 153 35 899

Sorted Array
1 9 20 27 35 50 98 101 153 899


  using System;

namespace MyApplication {
class MyProgram {
int n = Array.Length;
int max = Array;
//find largest element in the Array
for (int i=1; i<n; i++)
{
if(max < Array[i])
max = Array[i];
}
//Counting sort is performed based on place.
//like ones place, tens place and so on.
for (int place = 1; max/place > 0; place *= 10)
countingsort(Array, place);
}
static void countingsort(int[] Array, int place)
{
int n = Array.Length;
int[] output = new int[n];
//range of the number is 0-9 for each place considered.
int[] freq = {0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0};
//count number of occurrences in freq array
for(int i = 0; i < n; i++)
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]++;

//Change count[i] so that count[i] now contains actual
//position of this digit in output[]
for (int i = 1; i < 10; i++)
freq[i] += freq[i - 1];

//Build the output array
for (int i = n - 1; i >= 0; i--)
{
output[freq[(Array[i]/place)%10] - 1] = Array[i];
freq[(Array[i]/place)%10]--;
}

//Copy the output array to the input Array, Now the Array will
//contain sorted array based on digit at specified place
for (int i = 0; i < n; i++)
Array[i] = output[i];
}

// function to print array
static void PrintArray(int[] Array)
{
int n = Array.Length;
for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
Console.Write(Array[i] + " ");
Console.Write("\n");
}

static void Main(string[] args) {
int[] MyArray = {101, 1, 20, 50, 9, 98, 27, 153, 35, 899};
Console.Write("Original Array\n");
PrintArray(MyArray);

Console.Write("\nSorted Array\n");
PrintArray(MyArray);
}
}
}


Output

Original Array
101 1 20 50 9 98 27 153 35 899

Sorted Array
1 9 20 27 35 50 98 101 153 899


### Time Complexity:

The time complexity of radix sort is $\mathcal{O}((N+b)*log_b(max))$ in all cases, where:

• $N$ is the number of elements in unsorted array.
• $b$ is the base of input array, for example, for decimal system, $b$ is 10.
• $max$ is the maximum element of the input array.