C Program to Store Information Using Structures with Dynamically Memory Allocation

In this example, you'll learn to store information using structures by allocation dynamic memory using malloc().

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

This program asks user to store the value of noOfRecords and allocates the memory for the noOfRecords structure variable dynamically using malloc() function.

Example: Demonstrate the Dynamic Memory Allocation for Structure

#include <stdio.h>

struct course
   int marks;
   char subject[30];

int main()
   struct course *ptr;
   int i, noOfRecords;
   printf("Enter number of records: ");
   scanf("%d", &noOfRecords);

   // Allocates the memory for noOfRecords structures with pointer ptr pointing to the base address.
   ptr = (struct course*) malloc (noOfRecords * sizeof(struct course));

   for(i = 0; i < noOfRecords; ++i)
       printf("Enter name of the subject and marks respectively:\n");
       scanf("%s %d", &(ptr+i)->subject, &(ptr+i)->marks);

   printf("Displaying Information:\n");

   for(i = 0; i < noOfRecords ; ++i)
       printf("%s\t%d\n", (ptr+i)->subject, (ptr+i)->marks);

   return 0;


Enter number of records: 2
Enter name of the subject and marks respectively:
Enter name of the subject and marks respectively:

Displaying Information:
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Structure        33