strnstr man page

strnstr — locate a substring in a string


library “libbsd”


#include <bsd/string.h>

char *
strnstr(const char *big, const char *little, size_t len);


The strnstr() function locates the first occurrence of the null-terminated string little in the string big, where not more than len characters are searched. Characters that appear after a ‘\0’ character are not searched. Since the strnstr() function is a FreeBSD specific API, it should only be used when portability is not a concern.

Return Values

If little is an empty string, big is returned; if little occurs nowhere in big, NULL is returned; otherwise a pointer to the first character of the first occurrence of little is returned.


The following sets the pointer ptr to NULL, because only the first 4 characters of largestring are searched:

const char *largestring = "Foo Bar Baz"; 
const char *smallstring = "Bar"; 
char *ptr; 
ptr = strnstr(largestring, smallstring, 4);

See Also

strstr(3), strcasestr(3), memchr(3), memmem(3), strchr(3), strcspn(3), strpbrk(3), strrchr(3), strsep(3), strspn(3), strtok(3), wcsstr(3)


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