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C++ Control Statements

C++ If C++ Nested if C++ If-else C++ If-else-if C++ Switch C++ Break C++ Continue C++ Goto C++ For loop C++ While loop C++ Do while loop

C++ Functions

C++ Call by Value C++ Call by Reference C++ Recursion Function C++ Inline function C++ Friend function

C++ Arrays

Single dimension array Two dimension array

C++ Strings

C++ Strings

C++ Inheritance

C++ Inheritance Single level Inheritance Multilevel Inheritance Multiple Inheritance Hierarchical Inheritance Hybrid Inheritance

C++ Polymorphism

C++ Polymorphism C++ Overloading C++ Overriding C++ Virtual Function

C++ Pointers

C++ Pointers C++ this pointer

C++ Exception Handling

C++ Exception Handling

C++ Constructors

C++ Constructors Default Constructor Parameterize Constructor Copy constructor Constructor Overloading Destructor

C++ File Handling

C++ File Handling C++ Writing to file C++ Reading file C++ Close file


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C++ Pointer

Pointer is a derived data type that stores the address of a variable. A pointer is used for memory management and dynamic memory allocation. Pointer works on the address of data rather than actual of data.

Pointer Declaration

data-type *pointer-variable;
data-type * pointer-varaible;
data-type* pointer-varaible;
Here data-type is one of the C++ data types, pointer-variable is the name of pointer and * (asterisk) refers to the pointer. Asterisk (*) can be placed at three different locations as:
  1. Place immediately before pointer-variable.
  2. Place between the data type and the pointer variable.
  3. Place immediately after the data type.
int *ptr;  
char *ch;


Pointer Initialization

pointer-variable = &variable;
int *ptr,x;  
ptr = &x; //initialize
Here ptr is a pointer variable, x is variable of int data type. &x contains the address of variable x and prt = &x; assign address of x into ptr.


Deference operator (*) and Reference operator (&)

Deference operator (*) gives the value of variable stored at the memory location. Reference operator (&) gives the memory address of a variable. For example: If a number variable is stored in the memory address 0x22, and it contains a value 10. Dereference (*) operator gives the value 10, while reference (&) operator gives the value 0x22.

C++ Pointer Example

#include <iostream>  
using namespace std;  
int main() {  
    int *ptr, x;  
    x = 10;  
    cout << "Value of x (x): " << x << endl;  
    cout << "Value of x at address ptr(*ptr): " << *ptr << endl;  
    cout << "Address of x (&x): " << &x << endl;  
    cout << "Address of x that ptr contain (ptr): " << ptr << endl;  
    *ptr = 5;   
    cout << "Address of x (&x): " << &x << endl;  
    cout << "Value of x (x): " << x << endl;  
    return 0;  
Value of x (x): 10
Value of x at address ptr(*ptr): 10
Address of x (&x): 0x22fe34
Address of x that ptr contain (ptr): 0x22fe34
Address of x (&x): 0x22fe34
Value of x (x): 5