# cbrt man page

## Prolog

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cbrt, cbrtf, cbrtl — cube root functions

## Synopsis

```
#include <math.h>
double cbrt(double
```*x*);
float cbrtf(float *x*);
long double cbrtl(long double *x*);

## Description

The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

These functions shall compute the real cube root of their argument *x*.

## Return Value

Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the cube root of *x*.

If *x* is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

If *x* is ±0 or ±Inf, *x* shall be returned.

## Errors

No errors are defined.

*The following sections are informative.*

## Rationale

For some applications, a true cube root function, which returns negative results for negative arguments, is more appropriate than *pow*(*x*, 1.0/3.0), which returns a NaN for *x* less than 0.

## See Also

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, **<math.h>**

## Copyright

Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 7, Copyright (C) 2013 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. (This is POSIX.1-2008 with the 2013 Technical Corrigendum 1 applied.) In the event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original Standard can be obtained online at http://www.unix.org/online.html .