C++ iswprint()

The iswprint() function in C++ checks if the given wide character can be printed or not.

The iswprint() function is defined in <cwctype> header file.

iswprint() prototype

int iswprint(wint_t ch);

The iswprint() function checks if ch is printable or not. By default, the following characters are printable:

  • Digits (0 to 9)
  • Uppercase letters (A to Z)
  • Lowercase letters (a to z)
  • Punctuation characters (!"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[\]^_`{|}~)
  • Space

iswprint() Parameters

  • ch: The wide character to check.

iswprint() Return value

  • The iswprint() function returns non zero value if ch can be printed.
  • It returns zero if ch cannot be printed.

Example: How iswprint() function works?

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

int main()
	setlocale(LC_ALL, "en_US.UTF-8");

	wchar_t str[] = L"Ĥĕllö\tĂll\nĦow are ŷou";
	for (int i=0; i<wcslen(str); i++)
		/* replace all non printable character by hyphen */
		if (!iswprint(str[i]))
			str[i] = '-';
	wcout << str;
	return 0;

When you run the program, the output will be:

Ĥĕllö Ăll Ħow are ŷou

Here, \t and \n are non-printable characters in the string.

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