Convert string to char array in C++

Many of us have encountered error ‘cannot covert std::string to char[] or char* data type’.


Input : string s = "geeksforgeeks" ;
Output : char s[] = { 'g', 'e', 'e', 'k', 's', 'f', 'o',
                     'r', 'g', 'e', 'e', 'k', 's' } ;

Input : string s = "coding" ;
Output : char s[] = { 'c', 'o', 'd', 'i', 'n', 'g' } ;

A way to do this is to copy the contents of the string to char array. This can be done with the help of c_str() and strcpy() function.
The c_str() function is used to return a pointer to an array that contains a null terminated sequence of character representing the current value of the string.


const char* c_str() const ;

If there is an exception thrown then there are no changes in the string. But when we need to find or access the individual elements then we copy it to a char array using strcpy() function. After copying it, we can use it just like a simple array.
The length of the char array taken should not be less than the length of input string.

// CPP program to convert string 
// to char array
#include <bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;

// driver code
int main()
    // assigning value to string s
    string s = "geeksforgeeks";

    int n = s.length(); 
    // declaring character array
    char char_array[n+1]; 
    // copying the contents of the 
    // string to char array
    strcpy(char_array, s.c_str()); 
    for (int i=0; i<n; i++)
      cout << char_array[i];    

    return 0;



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