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< c‎ | types
Defined in header <stddef.h>
Defined in header <stdio.h>
Defined in header <string.h>
Defined in header <time.h>
typedef /*implementation-defined*/ size_t;

size_t is the unsigned integer type of the result of the sizeof operator and the alignof operator.

[edit] Notes

size_t can store the maximum size of a theoretically possible object of any type (including array). On many platforms (an exception are systems with segmented addressing) size_t can safely store the value of any non-member pointer, in which case it is synonymous with uintptr_t.

size_t is commonly used for array indexing and loop counting. Programs that use other types, such as unsigned int, for array indexing may fail on, e.g. 64-bit systems when the index exceeds UINT_MAX or if it relies on 32-bit modular arithmetic.

[edit] Example

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stddef.h>
#include <stdint.h>
 
int main(void)
{
    const size_t N = 100;
    int numbers[N];
    for (size_t ndx = 0; ndx < N; ++ndx)
        numbers[ndx] = ndx;
    printf("SIZE_MAX = %lu\n", SIZE_MAX);
    size_t size = sizeof(numbers);
    printf("size = %zu\n", size);
 
    return 0;
}

Possible output:

SIZE_MAX = 18446744073709551615
size = 400

[edit] See also

signed integer type returned when subtracting two pointers
(typedef) [edit]
byte offset from the beginning of a struct type to specified member
(function macro) [edit]