HackerRank 'Caesar Cipher' Solution

Martin Kysel · June 22, 2015

Short Problem Definition:

Julius Caesar protected his confidential information from his enemies by encrypting it. Caesar rotated every alphabet in the string by a fixed number K. This made the string unreadable by the enemy. You are given a string S and the number K. Encrypt the string and print the encrypted string.

Caesar Cipher


time complexity is O(?)

space complexity is O(?)


This task has a few non-obvious pitfalls.

  • upper case does not rotate into lower case (as one would expect from ascii)
  • k can be bigger than the alphabet size (and must be corrected or a modulo operation on the whole sum must be performed)

Basically you need separate logic for upper case and lower case letters.


def encryptCaesar(s, k):
    output = list(s)
    k %= (ord('z') - ord('a') + 1)
    for idx, l in enumerate(output):
        if l.isalpha():
            if l.isupper():
                new_char = ord(l)+k
                if new_char > ord('Z'):
                    new_char = new_char - ord('Z') + ord('A') - 1
                output[idx] = chr(new_char)
                new_char = ord(l)+k
                if new_char > ord('z'):
                    new_char = new_char - ord('z') + ord('a') - 1
                output[idx] = chr(new_char)
    return ''.join(output)
if __name__ == '__main__':
    n = input()
    s = raw_input()
    k = input()
    print encryptCaesar(s, k)

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