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int sprintf(char *str, const char *string,...); 


If successful,
it returns the total number of 
characters written excluding 
null-character appended in the string, 
in case of failure a negative number 
is returned .

sprintf stands for “String print”. Instead of printing on console, it store output on char buffer which are specified in sprintf.


// Example program to demonstrate sprintf()
#include <stdio.h>
int main()
    char buffer[50];
    int a = 10, b = 20, c;
    c = a + b;
    sprintf(buffer, "Sum of %d and %d is %d", a, b, c);
    // The string "sum of 10 and 20 is 30" is stored
    // into buffer instead of printing on stdout
    printf("%s", buffer);
    return 0;


Sum of 10 and 20 is 30

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Time Complexity: O(n), where n is the number of elements being stored in buffer.
Auxiliary Space:  O(n), where n is the number of elements being stored in buffer.

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Last Updated : 28 Jun, 2022
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