Read a record from a File in C++ using seekg() and tellg()

Given that a binary file “student.dat” is already loaded in the memory of the computer with the record of 100 students, the task is to read the Kth record and perform some operations.

seekg() is a function in the iostream library (part of the standard library) that allows you to seek to an arbitrary position in a file. It is used in file handling to sets the position of the next character to be extracted from the input stream from a given file. For example :

Input: "Hello World" 
Output: World

The tellg() function is used with input streams and returns the current “get” position of the pointer in the stream. It has no parameters and returns a value of the member type pos_type, which is an integer data type representing the current position of the get stream pointer.


Given that there are 100 records in the binary file “student.dat” and K = 7

Below is the implementation of the above approach:





// C++ program to Read a record from a File
// using seekg() and tellg()
#include <bits/stdio.h>
using namespace std;
class student {
    int id;
    char Name[20];
    void display(int K);
void student::display(int K)
    fstream fs;"student.dat", ios::in | ios::binary);
    // using seekg(pos) method
    // to place pointer at 7th record
    fs.seekg(K * sizeof(student));
    // reading Kth record*)this, sizeof(student));
    // using tellg() to display current position
    cout << "Current Position: "
         << "student no: "
         << fs.tellg() / sizeof(student) + 1;
    // using seekg()place pointer at end of file
    fs.seekg(0, ios::end);
    cout << " of "
         << fs.tellg() / sizeof(student)
         << endl;
// Driver code
int main()
    // Record number of the student to be read
    int K = 7;
    student s;
    return 0;


Current Position: student no: 9 of 100

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