std::strtoul, std::strtoull

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Defined in header <cstdlib>
unsigned long      strtoul( const char *str, char **str_end, int base );
unsigned long long strtoull( const char *str, char **str_end, int base );
(since C++11)

Interprets an unsigned integer value in a byte string pointed to by str.

Function discards any whitespace characters (as identified by calling isspace()) until first non-whitespace character is found. Then it takes as many characters as possible to form a valid base-n (where n=base) unsigned integer number representation and converts them to an integer value. The valid unsigned integer value consists of the following parts:

  • (optional) prefix (0) indicating octal base (applies only when the base is 8 or 0)
  • (optional) prefix (0x or 0X) indicating hexadecimal base (applies only when the base is 16 or 0)
  • a sequence of digits

The set of valid digits for base-2 integer is 01, for base-3 integer is 012, and so on. For bases larger than 10, valid digits include alphabetic characters, starting from Aa for base-11 integer, to Zz for base-36 integer. The case of the characters is ignored.

Additional numeric formats may be accepted by the currently installed C locale.

If the value of base is 0, the numeric base is auto-detected: if the prefix is 0, the base is octal, if the prefix is 0x or 0X, the base is hexadecimal, otherwise the base is decimal.

If the minus sign was part of the input sequence, the numeric value calculated from the sequence of digits is negated in the result type.

The functions sets the pointer pointed to by str_end to point to the character past the last character interpreted. If str_end is NULL, it is ignored.



str - pointer to the null-terminated byte string to be interpreted
str_end - pointer to a pointer to character.
base - base of the interpreted integer value

Return value

Integer value corresponding to the contents of str on success. If the converted value falls out of range of corresponding return type, range error occurs and ULONG_MAX or ULLONG_MAX is returned. If no conversion can be performed, 0 is returned.


#include <iostream>
#include <cstdlib>
int main()
    const char* begin = "10 200000000000000000000000000000 30 40";
    char *end;
    for (unsigned long i = std::strtoul(begin, &end, 10);
         begin != end;
         i = std::strtoul(begin, &end, 10))
        begin = end;
        if (errno == ERANGE){
            std::cout << "range error\n";
            errno = 0;
        std::cout << i << '\n';


range error

See also

converts a byte string to an integer value
(function) [edit]
converts a byte string to an integer value
(function) [edit]
C documentation for strtoul, strtoull