C programming while and do...while Loop

Loops are used in programming to repeat a specific block of code. After reading this tutorial, you will learn how to create a while and do...while loop in C programming.
while loop in C programming

Loops are used in programming to repeat a specific block until some end condition is met. There are three loops in C programming:

  1. for loop
  2. while loop
  3. do...while loop

while loop

The syntax of a while loop is:

while (testExpression) 
{
    //codes 
}

How while loop works?

The while loop evaluates the test expression.

If the test expression is true (nonzero), codes inside the body of while loop is evaluated. Then, again the test expression is evaluated. The process goes on until the test expression is false.

When the test expression is false, the while loop is terminated.


Flowchart of while loop

flowchart of while loop in C programming


Example #1: while loop

// Program to find factorial of a number
// For a positive integer n, factorial = 1*2*3...n

#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
    int number;
    long long factorial;

    printf("Enter an integer: ");
    scanf("%d",&number);

    factorial = 1;

    // loop terminates when number is less than or equal to 0
    while (number > 0)
    {
        factorial *= number;  // factorial = factorial*number;
        --number;
    }

    printf("Factorial= %lld", factorial);

    return 0;
}

Output

Enter an integer: 5
Factorial = 120

To learn more on test expression (when test expression is evaluated to nonzero (true) and 0 (false)), check out relational and logical operators.

do...while loop

The do..while loop is similar to the while loop with one important difference. The body of do...while loop is executed once, before checking the test expression. Hence, the do...while loop is executed at least once.


do...while loop Syntax

do
{
   // codes
}
while (testExpression);

How do...while loop works?

The code block (loop body) inside the braces is executed once.

Then, the test expression is evaluated. If the test expression is true, the loop body is executed again. This process goes on until the test expression is evaluated to 0 (false).

When the test expression is false (nonzero), the do...while loop is terminated.

do while loop flowchart in C programming


Example #2: do...while loop

// Program to add numbers until user enters zero

#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
    double number, sum = 0;

    // loop body is executed at least once
    do
    {
        printf("Enter a number: ");
        scanf("%lf", &number);
        sum += number;
    }
    while(number != 0.0);

    printf("Sum = %.2lf",sum);

    return 0;
}

Output

Enter a number: 1.5
Enter a number: 2.4
Enter a number: -3.4
Enter a number: 4.2
Enter a number: 0
Sum = 4.70

To learn more on test expression (when test expression is evaluated to nonzero (true) and 0 (false)), check out relational and logical operators.