Linear Search
  1. Linear search is a simple searching algorithm.
  2. In this search, a sequential search is done over all items one by one from the starting to the ending of the array.
  3. Every item is checked and if a match is found then that particular item is selected and the index is returned, otherwise the search continues till the end of the data collection.











     0                   1                   2                    3                    4                  5                    6                    7


Search for an item= 48

  • Searching will start from starting position of array i.e, 14 and keep searching for the element 48 till it is not found.
  • Element 48 is present in the index no.= 4



Linear Search ( Array A, Value x)


Step 1: Set i to 1

Step 2: if i > n then go to step 7

Step 3: if A[i] = x then go to step 6

Step 4: Set i to i + 1

Step 5: Go to Step 2

Step 6: Print Element x Found at index i and go to step 8

Step 7: Print element not found

Step 8: Exit



  • Linear search is also known as “Sequential search”.
  • If in a array n-elements are present then the worst case time complexity can be n-times due to sequential search and we can also achieve best case time complexity if the finding element is present at the beginning.


  • Linear search is usually very simple to implement, and is practical when the list has only a few elements, or when performing a single search in an unordered list.


  • We know Linear search is very easy due to it’s so dam simple technique to implement, but it is not used practically because binary search is a lot faster than linear search.

Real life example:

finding a book in library


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