Convert string to integer

Posted on 2014-04-07
Last Modified: 2015-05-18
Is there any C++ function which will convert wide char string to int. If wide char string is double "100.01" then function should return error. I can use isDigit and add own logic to validate this but wanted to check whether there is any in build function for the same. I am using VC++ on windows.
Question by:RahulKajave
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Qlemo earned 250 total points
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atoi / atof should have a wide string sibling
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jkr earned 250 total points
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'strtol()' is the 'standard', next to 'atoi()' that qlemo already mentioned, with the 1st allowing better error checking. See


#include <iostream>
#include <cstdlib>
using namespace std;

char* str = "100.01";
char* cnv_end;

long l = strtol(str,&cnv_end,10);

if (cnv_end != NULL) {

  cout << "Conversion failed, invalid character at " << cnv_end << end;

} else {

  cout << "Conversion succeded, value is " << l << endl;

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Alternatively, you can use a 'std::stringstream' for that like

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <sstream>
using namespace std;

char* str = "100.01";
int n;

stringstream ss;

ss << str;

ss >> n; // try to extract an integer

if ( {

  cout << "Conversion failed" << end;

} else {

  cout << "Conversion succeded, value is " << n << endl;

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Author Comment

ID: 39985062
What about localization? Will strtol and stringstream handle localization properly. What if decimal separtor is "," instead of ".".
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ID: 39985652
Yup. In both cases the constraint is 'non-numeric character', regardless of the localization.
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ID: 39990301
Do you still have issues with this or have you just not thought of closing the question?

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by:Subrat (C++ windows/Linux)
ID: 40020059
// What about localization?
You can write a function to replace the special characters(, with .) and then pass through stringstream to get the double/int value if needed as specified above by JKR.
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Um, integers won't have a double-type separator such as a comma or a semicolon in the 1st place ;o)

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