C Library - <assert.h>


The assert.h header file of the C Standard Library provides a macro called assert which can be used to verify assumptions made by the program and print a diagnostic message if this assumption is false.

The defined macro assert refers to another macro NDEBUG which is not a part of <assert.h>. If NDEBUG is defined as a macro name in the source file, at the point where <assert.h> is included, the assert macro is defined as follows −

#define assert(ignore) ((void)0)

Library Macros

Following is the only function defined in the header assert.h −

S.N. Function & Description

void assert(int expression)

This is actually a macro and not a function, which can be used to add diagnostics in your C program.