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fputwc - Man Page

write a wide character to a FILE stream


Standard C library (libc, -lc)


#include <stdio.h>
#include <wchar.h>

wint_t fputwc(wchar_t wc, FILE *stream);
wint_t putwc(wchar_t wc, FILE *stream);


The fputwc() function is the wide-character equivalent of the fputc(3) function. It writes the wide character wc to stream. If ferror(stream) becomes true, it returns WEOF. If a wide-character conversion error occurs, it sets errno to EILSEQ and returns WEOF. Otherwise, it returns wc.

The putwc() function or macro functions identically to fputwc(). It may be implemented as a macro, and may evaluate its argument more than once. There is no reason ever to use it.

For nonlocking counterparts, see unlocked_stdio(3).

Return Value

On success, fputwc() function returns wc. Otherwise, WEOF is returned, and errno is set to indicate the error.


Apart from the usual ones, there is


Conversion of wc to the stream's encoding fails.


For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

fputwc(), putwc()Thread safetyMT-Safe


C11, POSIX.1-2008.


C99, POSIX.1-2001.


The behavior of fputwc() depends on the LC_CTYPE category of the current locale.

In the absence of additional information passed to the fopen(3) call, it is reasonable to expect that fputwc() will actually write the multibyte sequence corresponding to the wide character wc.

See Also

fgetwc(3), fputws(3), unlocked_stdio(3)

Referenced By

curs_add_wch.3x(3), fgetwc(3), fputws(3), puts(3), putwchar(3), wprintf(3).

The man page putwc(3) is an alias of fputwc(3).

2024-05-02 Linux man-pages 6.9.1