getchar man page


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getchar — get a byte from a stdin stream


#include <stdio.h>

int getchar(void);


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.

The getchar() function shall be equivalent to getc(stdin).

Return Value

Refer to fgetc().


Refer to fgetc().

The following sections are informative.

Application Usage

If the integer value returned by getchar() is stored into a variable of type char and then compared against the integer constant EOF, the comparison may never succeed, because sign-extension of a variable of type char on widening to integer is implementation-defined.

See Also

Section 2.5, Standard I/O Streams, getc()

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