getwc man page


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getwc — get a wide character from a stream


#include <stdio.h>
#include <wchar.h>

wint_t getwc(FILE *stream);


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 getwc() function shall be equivalent to fgetwc(), except that if it is implemented as a macro it may evaluate stream more than once, so the argument should never be an expression with side-effects.

Return Value

Refer to fgetwc().


Refer to fgetwc().

The following sections are informative.

Application Usage

Since it may be implemented as a macro, getwc() may treat incorrectly a stream argument with side-effects. In particular, getwc(*f++) does not necessarily work as expected. Therefore, use of this function is not recommended; fgetwc() should be used instead.

See Also

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

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