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C Program to Find Transpose of a Matrix

In this example, you will learn to find the transpose of a matrix in C programming.

To understand this example, you should have the knowledge of the following C programming topics:


The transpose of a matrix is a new matrix that is obtained by exchanging the rows and columns.

In this program, the user is asked to enter the number of rows r and columns c. Their values should be less than 10 in this program.

Then, the user is asked to enter the elements of the matrix (of order r*c).

The program below then computes the transpose of the matrix and prints it on the screen.


Program to Find the Transpose of a Matrix

#include <stdio.h>
int main() {
  int a[10][10], transpose[10][10], r, c;
  printf("Enter rows and columns: ");
  scanf("%d %d", &r, &c);

  // asssigning elements to the matrix
  printf("\nEnter matrix elements:\n");
  for (int i = 0; i < r; ++i)
  for (int j = 0; j < c; ++j) {
    printf("Enter element a%d%d: ", i + 1, j + 1);
    scanf("%d", &a[i][j]);
  }

  // printing the matrix a[][]
  printf("\nEntered matrix: \n");
  for (int i = 0; i < r; ++i)
  for (int j = 0; j < c; ++j) {
    printf("%d  ", a[i][j]);
    if (j == c - 1)
    printf("\n");
  }

  // computing the transpose
  for (int i = 0; i < r; ++i)
  for (int j = 0; j < c; ++j) {
    transpose[j][i] = a[i][j];
  }

  // printing the transpose
  printf("\nTranspose of the matrix:\n");
  for (int i = 0; i < c; ++i)
  for (int j = 0; j < r; ++j) {
    printf("%d  ", transpose[i][j]);
    if (j == r - 1)
    printf("\n");
  }
  return 0;
}

Output

Enter rows and columns: 2
3

Enter matrix elements:
Enter element a11: 1
Enter element a12: 4
Enter element a13: 0
Enter element a21: -5
Enter element a22: 2
Enter element a23: 7

Entered matrix:
1  4  0
-5  2  7

Transpose of the matrix:
1  -5
4  2
0  7