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How to clear console in C language?

  • Last Updated : 28 Oct, 2020

It is one of the basic need a program may required i.e clear the console during execution time.
There is function named clrscr() which is included in conio.h and is a nonstandard function and is present in conio.h header file which is mostly used by MS-DOS compilers like Turbo C. It is not part of the C standard library or ISO C, nor is it defined by POSIX.
So what should we use there? 
There are two more ways to clear console: 

  1. By Using system(“clear”)
  2. By using a regex “\e[1;1H\e[2J”

Now question arises which should we use and why: 
Using regex is a better way.The reason is its faster execution. By using regex we can perform clear screen operation very fastly in comparison to using system(“clear”). 
Below c program will demonstrate how fast regex is then the system(“clear”) 
The system(“clear”) is included in stdlib.h and also work only in linux system to use this in window use system(“cls”). 


// C program for clearing console and
// comparing two different methods
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <time.h>
int main()
    int i = 0;
    double time_taken;
    clock_t t1, t2;
    // a loop for showing geeks for geeks
    // repeating by clearing console using
    // system("clear")
    // Noting start time
    t1 = clock();
    for (i; i < 10000; i++)
        printf("geeks for geeks %d\n", i);
    // Calculating total time taken by
    // system("clear")
    t1 = clock() - t1;
    i = 0;
    // Noting start time of regex
    t2 = clock();
    for (i; i < 10000; i++)
        printf("geeks for geeks %d\n", i);
    // calculating total time taken by regex
    t2 = clock() - t2;
    // printing taken by both
    printf("Time taken by system\(\"clear\") %f\n",
           ((double)t1) / CLOCKS_PER_SEC);
    printf("Time taken regex %f",
           ((double)t2) / CLOCKS_PER_SEC);
    return 0;


geeks for geeks 9999
Time taken by system("clear") 0.934388
Time taken by regex 0.000001

NOTE:The output time may differ but the difference in both time will always be large.And also run this program only in your system’s console not here. 

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