C realloc() function

C realloc() function - Reallocate memory blocks

Syntax realloc() function

void *realloc(void *ptr, size_t size)

The realloc() function is used to change the size of a previously reserved storage block. The ptr argument points to the beginning of the block. The size argument gives the new size of the block, in bytes.

If the ptr is NULL, realloc() reserves a block of storage of size bytes. It does not necessarily give all bits of each element an initial value of 0.

If size is 0 and the ptr is not NULL, realloc()frees the storage allocated to ptr and returns NULL

Parameters realloc() function

Name Description Required /Optional
ptr Pointer to previously allocated memory block. Required
size New size in bytes. Required

Return value from realloc()

  • Returns a pointer to the newly allocated memory.
  • If size is 0, the realloc() function returns NULL.

Example: realloc() function

The following example shows the usage of realloc() function.

//To use realloc in our program

int main()
    int *ptr,i;

    //allocating memory 
    ptr = malloc(sizeof(int));
    ptr[0] = 10;
    ptr[1] = 20;
    //realloc memory size  
    ptr = realloc(ptr, 3 * sizeof(int));
    ptr[2] = 300;
    ptr[3] = 400;
    ptr[4] = 500;
    //printing values
    for(i = 0; i <= 4; i++)

    return 0;



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What's the point of const pointers?

const is a tool which you should use in pursuit of a very important C++ concept:

Find bugs at compile-time, rather than run-time, by getting the compiler to enforce what you mean.

Even though it does not change the functionality, adding const generates a compiler error when you're doing things you didn't mean to do. Imagine the following typo:

void foo(int* ptr)
    ptr = 0;// oops, I meant *ptr = 0

If you use int* const, this would generate a compiler error because you're changing the value to ptr. Adding restrictions via syntax is a good thing in general. Just don't take it too far -- the example you gave is a case where most people don't bother using const.

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