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C Program to find size of a File

Last Updated : 28 Apr, 2018
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Given a text file, find its size in bytes.


Input :  file_name = "a.txt"
         Let "a.txt" contains "geeks"
Output : 6 Bytes
There are 5 bytes for 5 characters then an extra
byte for end of file.

Input :  file_name = "a.txt"
         Let "a.txt" contains "geeks for geeks"
Output : 16 Bytes

The idea is to use fseek() in C and ftell in C. Using fseek(), we move file pointer to end, then using ftell(), we find its position which is actually size in bytes.

// C program to find the size of file
#include <stdio.h>
long int findSize(char file_name[])
    // opening the file in read mode
    FILE* fp = fopen(file_name, "r");
    // checking if the file exist or not
    if (fp == NULL) {
        printf("File Not Found!\n");
        return -1;
    fseek(fp, 0L, SEEK_END);
    // calculating the size of the file
    long int res = ftell(fp);
    // closing the file
    return res;
// Driver code
int main()
    char file_name[] = { "a.txt" };
    long int res = findSize(file_name);
    if (res != -1)
        printf("Size of the file is %ld bytes \n", res);
    return 0;

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