Defined in header <cstring>
char* strncat( char* dest, const char* src, std::size_t count );

Appends a byte string pointed to by src to a byte string pointed to by dest. At most count characters are copied. The resulting byte string is null-terminated.

The destination byte string must have enough space for the contents of both dest and src plus the terminating null character, except that the size of src is limited to count.

The behavior is undefined if the strings overlap.


dest - pointer to the null-terminated byte string to append to
src - pointer to the null-terminated byte string to copy from
count - maximum number of characters to copy

Return value



Because std::strncat needs to seek to the end of dest on each call, it is inefficient to concatenate many strings into one using std::strncat.


#include <cstdio>
#include <cstring>
int main() 
    char str[50] = "Hello ";
    const char str2[50] = "World!";
    std::strcat(str, str2);
    std::strncat(str, " Goodbye World!", 3); // may issue "truncated output" warning


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See also

concatenates two strings
copies one string to another
C documentation for strncat

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