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C program to copy string without using strcpy() function

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  • Last Updated : 28 Nov, 2017
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We can use inbuilt strcpy() function to copy one string to other but here, this program copies the content of one string to another manually without using strcpy() function.

Approach : Here we are giving one string in input and then with the help of for loop we transfer the content of first array to the second array.

Error : If destination string length is less than source string, entire string value won’t be copied into destination string.
For example, consider destination string length is 20 and source string length is 30. Then, only 20 characters from source string will be copied into destination and remaining 10 characters will be truncated.

// CPP program to copy one string to other
// without using in-built function
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
    // s1 is the source( input) string and s2 is the destination string
    char s1[] = "GeeksforGeeks", s2[100], i;
    // Print the string s1
    printf("string s1 : %s\n", s1);
    // Execute loop till null found
    for (i = 0; s1[i] != '\0'; ++i) {
        // copying the characters by
        // character to str2 from str1
        s2[i] = s1[i];
    s2[i] = '\0';
    // printing the destination string
    printf("String s2 : %s", s2);
    return 0;


string s1 : GeeksforGeeks
String s2 : GeeksforGeeks
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