Pointer to Pointer or Double Pointer in C

In this tutorial you will learn about pointer to pointer or double pointer in C.

Pointer is used to store memory address of variable. Double pointer is used to store memory address of any other pointer.

Let’s try to understand this by one example.

Also Read: void pointer in C
Also Read: C Function Pointer

 

Pointer to Pointer or Double Pointer in C

Pointer to Pointer or Double Pointer in C

As you can see in above example that p1 is a pointer as it holds memory address of variable a and p2 is double pointer or pointer to pointer as it holds memory address of pointer p1.

What will be the output if we try to print the values of these 3 variables?

printf(“%d”, p1): 5000 (address of a)

printf(“%d”, *p1): 65 (value of a)

printf(“%d”, p2): 6000 (address of p1)

printf(“%d”, *p2): 5000 (address of a)

printf(“%d”, **p2): 65 (value of a)

 

Below program will show you how to use double pointer in C language.

 

Output

a = 65
address of a = 2686744
p1 = 2686744
address p1 = 2686740
*p1 = 65
p2 = 2686740
*p2 = 2686744
**p2 = 65

 

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