wcstok man page

wcstok — split wide-character string into tokens


#include <wchar.h>

wchar_t *wcstok(wchar_t *wcs, const wchar_t *delim, wchar_t **ptr);


The wcstok() function is the wide-character equivalent of the strtok(3) function, with an added argument to make it multithread-safe. It can be used to split a wide-character string wcs into tokens, where a token is defined as a substring not containing any wide-characters from delim.

The search starts at wcs, if wcs is not NULL, or at *ptr, if wcs is NULL. First, any delimiter wide-characters are skipped, that is, the pointer is advanced beyond any wide-characters which occur in delim. If the end of the wide-character string is now reached, wcstok() returns NULL, to indicate that no tokens were found, and stores an appropriate value in *ptr, so that subsequent calls to wcstok() will continue to return NULL. Otherwise, the wcstok() function recognizes the beginning of a token and returns a pointer to it, but before doing that, it zero-terminates the token by replacing the next wide-character which occurs in delim with a null wide character (L'\0'), and it updates *ptr so that subsequent calls will continue searching after the end of recognized token.

Return Value

The wcstok() function returns a pointer to the next token, or NULL if no further token was found.


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

Interface Attribute Value
wcstok() Thread safety MT-Safe

Conforming to

POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, C99.


The original wcs wide-character string is destructively modified during the operation.


The following code loops over the tokens contained in a wide-character string.

wchar_t *wcs = ...;
wchar_t *token;
wchar_t *state;
for (token = wcstok(wcs, " \t\n", &state);
    token != NULL;
    token = wcstok(NULL, " \t\n", &state)) {

See Also

strtok(3), wcschr(3)


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2015-08-08 GNU Linux Programmer's Manual