# Convert a floating point number to string in C

Write a C function ftoa() that converts a given floating-point number or a double to a string. Use of standard library functions for direct conversion is not allowed. The following is prototype of ftoa(). The article provides insight of conversion of C double to string.

```ftoa(n, res, afterpoint)
n          --> Input Number
res[]      --> Array where output string to be stored
afterpoint --> Number of digits to be considered after the point.
```

Example:

• ftoa(1.555, str, 2) should store “1.55” in res.
• ftoa(1.555, str, 0) should store “1” in res.

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A simple way is to use sprintf(), but use of standard library functions for direct conversion is not allowed.

Approach: The idea is to separate integral and fractional parts and convert them to strings separately. Following are the detailed steps.

1. Extract integer part from floating-point or double number.
2. First, convert integer part to the string.
3. Extract fraction part by exacted integer part from n.
4. If d is non-zero, then do the following.
1. Convert fraction part to an integer by multiplying it with pow(10, d)
2. Convert the integer value to string and append to the result.

Following is C implementation of the above approach.

 `// C program for implementation of ftoa() ` `#include ` `#include ` ` `  `// Reverses a string 'str' of length 'len' ` `void` `reverse(``char``* str, ``int` `len) ` `{ ` `    ``int` `i = 0, j = len - 1, temp; ` `    ``while` `(i < j) { ` `        ``temp = str[i]; ` `        ``str[i] = str[j]; ` `        ``str[j] = temp; ` `        ``i++; ` `        ``j--; ` `    ``} ` `} ` ` `  `// Converts a given integer x to string str[].  ` `// d is the number of digits required in the output.  ` `// If d is more than the number of digits in x,  ` `// then 0s are added at the beginning. ` `int` `intToStr(``int` `x, ``char` `str[], ``int` `d) ` `{ ` `    ``int` `i = 0; ` `    ``while` `(x) { ` `        ``str[i++] = (x % 10) + ``'0'``; ` `        ``x = x / 10; ` `    ``} ` ` `  `    ``// If number of digits required is more, then ` `    ``// add 0s at the beginning ` `    ``while` `(i < d) ` `        ``str[i++] = ``'0'``; ` ` `  `    ``reverse(str, i); ` `    ``str[i] = ``'\0'``; ` `    ``return` `i; ` `} ` ` `  `// Converts a floating-point/double number to a string. ` `void` `ftoa(``float` `n, ``char``* res, ``int` `afterpoint) ` `{ ` `    ``// Extract integer part ` `    ``int` `ipart = (``int``)n; ` ` `  `    ``// Extract floating part ` `    ``float` `fpart = n - (``float``)ipart; ` ` `  `    ``// convert integer part to string ` `    ``int` `i = intToStr(ipart, res, 0); ` ` `  `    ``// check for display option after point ` `    ``if` `(afterpoint != 0) { ` `        ``res[i] = ``'.'``; ``// add dot ` ` `  `        ``// Get the value of fraction part upto given no. ` `        ``// of points after dot. The third parameter  ` `        ``// is needed to handle cases like 233.007 ` `        ``fpart = fpart * ``pow``(10, afterpoint); ` ` `  `        ``intToStr((``int``)fpart, res + i + 1, afterpoint); ` `    ``} ` `} ` ` `  `// Driver program to test above function ` `int` `main() ` `{ ` `    ``char` `res[20]; ` `    ``float` `n = 233.007; ` `    ``ftoa(n, res, 4); ` `    ``printf``(``"\"%s\"\n"``, res); ` `    ``return` `0; ` `} `

Output:
```"233.0070"
```

Note: The program performs similar operation if instead of float, a double type is taken.