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Advanced C++ with Boost Library

Last Updated : 27 Dec, 2021
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Boost Libraries are intended to be widely useful, and usable across a broad spectrum of applications. For example, they are helpful for handling large numbers having a range beyond the long long, long double data type (264) in C++. 


Please refer to this Article for the installation of boost. We can download the zip file. After that, we just need to extract the whole in a specified folder of gcc or we can do this easily by command prompt.

Example Applications

We can efficiently use this library in Competitive Programming but before this, we must ensure that your online judge must support boost. Here are some cool tricks that you can use:

1) Big Integer Data Type: We can use either int128_t, int256_t, int512_t, or int1024_t data type according to your requirement. By using these ones, we can achieve precision up to 1024 easily. 

Below C++ implementation code for finding the product of large numbers:


// CPP Program to demonstrate Big Integer data type
#include <boost/multiprecision/cpp_int.hpp>
using namespace boost::multiprecision;
using namespace std;
int128_t boost_product(long long A, long long B)
    int128_t ans = (int128_t)A * B;
    return ans;
int main()
    long long first = 98745636214564698;
    long long second = 7459874565236544789;
    cout << "Product of " << first << " * " << second
         << " = \n"
         << boost_product(first, second);
    return 0;


Product of 98745636214564698 * 7459874565236544789 = 

2) Arbitrary Precision Data Type: We can use any precision with the help of the cpp_int data type if we are not sure about how much precision is needed in the future. It automatically converts the desired precision at the Run-time. 

Below implementation of C++ code for finding the factorial of 30. 


// CPP Program to demonstrate Arbitrary precision data type
#include <boost/multiprecision/cpp_int.hpp>
using namespace boost::multiprecision;
using namespace std;
cpp_int boost_factorial(int num)
    cpp_int fact = 1;
    for (int i = num; i > 1; --i)
        fact *= i;
    return fact;
int main()
    int num = 30;
    cout << "Factorial of " << num << " = "
         << boost_factorial(num);
    return 0;


Factorial of 30 = 265252859812191058636308480000000

3) Multiprecision Float: With Boost Multiprecision float, we can achieve precision up to 50 and 100 decimal with cpp_float_50 and cpp_dec_float_100 respectively. 

Below is C++ code to calculate the area of a circle with different precision by using a float, decimal, and cpp_float_50 types:


// CPP Program to demonstrate Boost Multiprecision float
#include <boost/math/constants/constants.hpp>
#include <boost/multiprecision/cpp_dec_float.hpp>
#include <iostream>
using boost::multiprecision::cpp_dec_float_50;
using namespace std;
template <typename T> inline T area_of_a_circle(T r)
    // pi represent predefined constant having value
    // 3.1415926535897932384...
    using boost::math::constants::pi;
    return pi<T>() * r * r;
int main()
    float radius_f = 123.0 / 100;
    float area_f = area_of_a_circle(radius_f);
    double radius_d = 123.0 / 100;
    double area_d = area_of_a_circle(radius_d);
    cpp_dec_float_50 r_mp = 123.0 / 100;
    cpp_dec_float_50 area_mp = area_of_a_circle(r_mp);
    // numeric_limits::digits10 represent the number
    // of decimal digits that can be held of particular
    // data type without any loss.
    // Area by using float data type
    cout << "Float: "
         << setprecision(numeric_limits<float>::digits10)
         << area_f << endl;
    // Area by using double data type
    cout << "Double: "
         << setprecision(numeric_limits<double>::digits10)
         << area_d << endl;
    // Area by using Boost Multiprecision
    cout << "Boost Multiprecision: "
         << setprecision(
         << area_mp << endl;
    return 0;


Float: 4.75292
Double: 4.752915525616
Boost Multiprecision: 4.7529155256159980531876290929438093413108253981451


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