How to create your own Header Files in C/C++?

How to create your own Header Files in C/C++?
In this article I am going to tell you the easiest way to
create your own header files in programming languages like C and C++. For this
you do not have to be an expert. This can be done by anyone who has just
started learning programming languages. Ok! Before starting the process let me
tell you the thing that why we need to create our own header files.

Why we need to create our own header files?

When we are working on big projects, we create many
functions to perform particular task. But this makes the source code very long.
So to solve this kind of problem we create a header file with all those
function and include this header file in our program. This makes the program
shorter, effective and easy to understand. Now I am sure that you understand
the purpose of creating our own header files.

Simple way to create your own header files in C/C++

1. Open notepad and write the function that you want to use
in your program. An example is shown below.
int sum(int a,int b)
2. Now save the notepad file with .h extension. Like in above
example we are creating a function for sum, so save this file with name sum.h in
INCLUDE or BIN folder (you can use any other name).
3. After that write a program that uses this sum function and
include the header file that you have just created. I have written the program
below to make it easy to understand.
#include<sum.h>                             //header
file created by you
void main()
the value of a and b:”);
4. In this way you can add more functions to your header
Note: Do not use long header file name (about 7 to 8
characters), otherwise you will get an error. Write only the function
definition in the header file, there is no need to write function prototype.
If you have any kind of problem regarding the whole process
than feel free to ask by commenting below.

24 thoughts on “How to create your own Header Files in C/C++?

  1. Chetan Bhasin

    This is not a good practice. You are allowed only to place prototypes in your header files and not the functions. If you add these things to your header file then there is absolutely no need for us to use linkers at all. Header files are used to import libraries that are, sometimes, pre-compiled.

  2. sathish kumar

    I don't know how to study the allocation chapter in c and i would like to give the sequencial order so that i can under stand that part with ease……reply pls..


    I am very poor in programming c so kindly give me tips for get ride of it ….

    1. Neeraj Mishra

      Just prefer a good book and start learning from basic. Do as much practice as you can. The main thing is to understand the logic. If you will be able to learn logic and start developing your own logic than you will not get any difficulty in learning any programming language.

      So start your journey, i am always here to help you. If you will get any difficulty ask me i will try my best to help you.

    2. Shadab Rais

      Read yeswant kanetkar “Let Us C”, “Pointer inC” and then read Dennis ritchie book. make practice problem from codechef ,SPOJ etc.

  4. Cresh Burn

    how to make my own library in borland c++?
    or visual studio??? please help………..o.O

  5. manish kumar

    sir …write a program in which if we enter number then it gives English word of that no.(eg. 5 = five )

    1. Akash

      Its simple bro.

      void main(){
      int n;
      printf(“Enter a number fromn 0 – 5 : “);
      if(n == 1)
      printf(“%d = One”,n);
      else if (n == 2)
      printf(“%d = Two”,n);
      else if (n == 3)
      printf(“%d = Three”,n);
      else if (n == 4)
      printf(“%d = Four”,n);
      else if (n == 5)
      printf(“%d = Five”,n);

      Add more ‘ else if ‘ statements to get desired results!

  6. cool buddy

    how many programming competitions you have won man
    all your concepts are clear and you know advance programming too
    u r superb

    1. Neeraj Mishra

      Thanks bro for your compliment. I have not participated in any big programming competition yet but I will participate soon.

  7. priya

    I didn’t popped up with error. but I didn’t get any results.I did the code same as u mentioned above

    1. lucifer

      just type #include int the beginning of the notepad file for myname.h .
      the u dont have to use iostream in your cpp file

    2. Prem Kumar Reddy

      Its very easy bro
      U can change it in “header” folder in local disc C -turbo c++-bin-header
      And u should rename tha iostream.h file bro

  8. dharmendra kushwah

    i want create a header file but i dont know proper use of linker so please give me advise sir


    It is’nt working in TC++ and Code::Blocks, I’m 12-years-old and just learnt C. It is’nt working and can you teach me C++ and Java, i’D LIKE TO PURSUE THOSE FIELDS TOO! CAN YOU HELP ME?

  10. sadia

    plz give me any idea about programming thesis, what can i do…
    its my final smester and submit the thesis…
    plz give me any idea….

  11. Rohit

    And how to save header file. When you’re working on Dev c++. Does it accepts ?

  12. lucifer

    i refered to a old boo of 1998 and tried to make a header file using class but it showed error in inline decleration when i was compiling the prigram using the header file. the fault is in the header file accordind to the compiler.
    help ME OUT?


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