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  • Write block of data to stream
  • Writes an array of count elements, each one with a size of size bytes, from the block of memory pointed by ptr to the current position in the stream.
  • The position indicator of the stream is advanced by the total number of bytes written.
  • Internally, the function interprets the block pointed by ptr as if it was an array of (size*count) elements of type unsigned char, and writes them sequentially to stream as if fputc was called for each byte.


size_t fwrite ( const void * ptr, size_t size, size_t count, FILE * stream );


Pointer to the array of elements to be written, converted to a const void*.
Size in bytes of each element to be written.
size_t is an unsigned integral type.
Number of elements, each one with a size of size bytes.
size_t is an unsigned integral type.
Pointer to a FILE object that specifies an output stream.

Return Value

  • The total number of elements successfully written is returned.
  • If this number differs from the count parameter, a writing error prevented the function from completing. In this case, the error indicator (ferror) will be set for the stream.
  • If either size or count is zero, the function returns zero and the error indicator remains unchanged.
  • size_t is an unsigned integral type.


/* fwrite example : write buffer */
#include <stdio.h>

int main ()
  FILE * pFile;
  char buffer[] = { 'x' , 'y' , 'z' };
  pFile = fopen ("myfile.bin", "wb");
  fwrite (buffer , sizeof(char), sizeof(buffer), pFile);
  fclose (pFile);
  return 0;
  • A file called myfile.bin is created and the content of the buffer is stored into it. For simplicity, the buffer contains char elements but it can contain any other type.
  • sizeof(buffer) is the length of the array in bytes (in this case it is three, because the array has three elements of one byte each).