C++ getwc()

The getwc() function in C++ reads the next wide character from the given input stream.

The getwc() function is similar to fgetwc(). The main difference between them is getwc() can be implemented as macro.

It is defined in <cwchar> header file.

getwc() Prototype

wint_t getwc(FILE* stream);

The getwc() function takes a file stream stream as its argument and returns the next wide character from the given stream as a value of wide integer type.

getwc() Parameters

  • stream: The file stream to read the wide character.

getwc() Return value

  • On success, the fgetwc() function returns the wide character that is read.
  • On failure it returns WEOF. If an encoding error occurred, sets the errno to EILSEQ.

Example: How getwc() function works?

#include <iostream>
#include <cwchar>
#include <cstdio>
#include <clocale>
using namespace std;

int main()
	wint_t c;
	FILE *fp = fopen("file.txt","w+");
	setlocale(LC_ALL, "en_US.UTF-8");

	wchar_t str[] = L"\u0102\u01A5\u01A5\u0139\u011B";// equivalent to ĂƥƥĹě
	fputws(str, fp);

	if (fp)
			c = getwc(fp);
		wcout << L"Error opening file" << endl;

	return 0;

When you run the program, a possible output will be:

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