Defined in header <cstdio>
char* gets( char* str );
(deprecated in C++11)
(removed in C++14)

Reads stdin into given character string until a newline character is found or end-of-file occurs.


str - character string to be written

Return value

str on success, a null pointer on failure.

If the failure has been caused by end of file condition, additionally sets the eof indicator (see std::feof()) on stdin. If the failure has been caused by some other error, sets the error indicator (see std::ferror()) on stdin.


The function provides no means to prevent buffer overflow of the destination array, given sufficiently long input string. std::gets was deprecated in C++11 and removed from C++14.

std::fgets can be used instead.

See also

reads formatted input from stdin, a file stream or a buffer
gets a character string from a file stream
writes a character string to a file stream
C documentation for gets

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