< c‎ | string‎ | byte
Defined in header <string.h>
void *memccpy(void * restrict dest, const void * restrict src, int c, size_t count);
(since C23)

Copies characters from the object pointed to by src to the object pointed to by dest, stopping after any of the next two conditions are satisfied:

  • count characters are copied
  • the character (unsigned char)c is found (and copied).

The src and dest objects are interpreted as arrays of unsigned char.

The behavior is undefined if any condition is met:

  • access occurs beyond the end of the dest array;
  • the objects overlap (which is a violation of the restrict contract)
  • either dest or src is an invalid or null pointer


[edit] Parameters

dest - pointer to the object to copy to
src - pointer to the object to copy from
c - terminating character, converted to unsigned char at first
count - number of characters to copy

[edit] Return value

If the character (unsigned char)c was found memccpy returns a pointer to the next character in dest after (unsigned char)c, otherwise returns null pointer.

[edit] Notes

The function is identical to the POSIX memccpy.

memccpy(dest, src, 0, count) behaves similar to strncpy(dest, src, count), except that the former returns a pointer to the end of the buffer written, and does not zero-pad the destination array. Thus, memccpy is useful for efficiently concatenating multiple strings.

char bigString[1000];
char* end = bigString + sizeof bigString;
char* p = memccpy(bigString, "John, ", 0, sizeof bigString);
if (p) p = memccpy(p - 1, "Paul, ", 0, end - p);
if (p) p = memccpy(p - 1, "George, ", 0, end - p);
if (p) p = memccpy(p - 1, "Joel ", 0, end - p);
puts(bigString); // John, Paul, George, Joel

[edit] Example

#include <ctype.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
int main(void)
    const char src[] = "Stars: Altair, Sun, Vega.";
    const char terminal[] = {':', ' ', ',', '.', '!'};
    char dest[sizeof src];
    const char alt = '@';
    for (size_t i = 0; i != sizeof terminal; ++i) {
        void *to = memccpy(dest, src, terminal[i], sizeof dest);
        printf("Terminal '%c' (%s):\t\"", terminal[i], to ? "found" : "absent");
        // if `terminal` character was not found - print the whole `dest`
        to = to ? to : dest + sizeof dest;
        for (char *from = dest; from != to; ++from)
            putchar(isprint(*from) ? *from : alt);
    puts("\n" "Separate star names from distances (ly):");
    const char *star_distance[] = {
        "Arcturus : 37", "Vega : 25", "Capella : 43", "Rigel : 860", "Procyon : 11"
    char names_only[64];
    char *first = names_only;
    char *last = names_only + sizeof names_only;
    for (size_t t = 0; t != (sizeof star_distance)/(sizeof star_distance[0]); ++t) {
        if (first) {
            first = memccpy(first, star_distance[t], ' ', last - first);
        } else break;
    if (first) {
        *first = '\0';
    } else {
        puts("Buffer is too small.");


Terminal ':' (found):   "Stars:"
Terminal ' ' (found):   "Stars: "
Terminal ',' (found):   "Stars: Altair,"
Terminal '.' (found):   "Stars: Altair, Sun, Vega."
Terminal '!' (absent):  "Stars: Altair, Sun, Vega.@"
Separate star names from distances (ly):
Arcturus Vega Capella Rigel Procyon

[edit] See also

copies one buffer to another
(function) [edit]
copies a certain amount of wide characters between two non-overlapping arrays
(function) [edit]
moves one buffer to another
(function) [edit]
copies one string to another
(function) [edit]
concatenates two strings
(function) [edit]