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Setting decimal precision in C
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 02 Jun, 2017

How to print floating point numbers with a specified precision? Rounding is not required. For example, 5.48958123 should be printed as 5.4895 if given precision is 4.

For example, below program sets the precision for 4 digits after the decimal point:




// C program to set precision in floating point numbers
#include<stdio.h>
#include<math.h>
int main()
{
   float num = 5.48958123;
  
   // 4 digits after the decimal point
   num = floor(10000*num)/10000;
  
   printf("%f", num);
   return 0;
}

Output:

5.489500

We can generalize above method using pow()




float newPrecision(float n, float i)
{
    return floor(pow(10,i)*n)/pow(10,i);
}


In C, there is a format specifier in C. To print 4 digits after dot, we can use 0.4f in printf(). Below is program to demonstrate the same
.






// C program to set precision in floating point numbers
// using format specifier
#include<stdio.h>
  
int main() 
{
    float num = 5.48958123;
  
    // 4 digits after the decimal point  
    printf("%0.4f", num); 
    return 0;
}

Output:

5.4896

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