gamma - Man Page

(logarithm of the) gamma function


Math library (libm, -lm)


#include <math.h>

[[deprecated]] double gamma(double x);
[[deprecated]] float gammaf(float x);
[[deprecated]] long double gammal(long double x);

Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):


        || /* Since glibc 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE
        || /* Glibc <= 2.19: */ _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE

gammaf(), gammal():

        || /* Since glibc 2.19: */ _DEFAULT_SOURCE
        || /* Glibc <= 2.19: */ _BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE


These functions are deprecated: instead, use either the tgamma(3) or the lgamma(3) functions, as appropriate.

For the definition of the Gamma function, see tgamma(3).

*BSD version

The libm in 4.4BSD and some versions of FreeBSD had a gamma() function that computes the Gamma function, as one would expect.

glibc version

Glibc has a gamma() function that is equivalent to lgamma(3) and computes the natural logarithm of the Gamma function.

Return Value

See lgamma(3).


See lgamma(3).


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

gamma(), gammaf(), gammal()Thread safetyMT-Unsafe race:signgam


Because of historical variations in behavior across systems, this function is not specified in any recent standard. It was documented in SVID 2.



4.2BSD had a gamma() that computed ln(|Gamma(|x|)|), leaving the sign of Gamma(|x|) in the external integer signgam. In 4.3BSD the name was changed to lgamma(3), and the man page promises

"At some time in the future the name gamma will be rehabilitated and used for the Gamma function"

This did indeed happen in 4.4BSD, where gamma() computes the Gamma function (with no effect on signgam). However, this came too late, and we now have tgamma(3), the "true gamma" function.

See Also

lgamma(3), signgam(3), tgamma(3)

Referenced By

tgamma(3), zshmodules(1).

The man pages gammaf(3) and gammal(3) are aliases of gamma(3).

2022-10-09 Linux man-pages 6.01