What is a malloc function in C language?

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The malloc() function stands for memory allocation, that allocate a block of memory dynamically.

It reserves the memory space for a specified size and returns the null pointer, which points to the memory location.

malloc() function carries garbage value. The pointer returned is of type void.

The syntax for malloc() function is as follows −

ptr = (castType*) malloc(size);


The following example shows the usage of malloc() function.

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int main(){
   char *MemoryAlloc;
   /* memory allocated dynamically */
   MemoryAlloc = malloc( 15 * sizeof(char) );
   if(MemoryAlloc== NULL ){
      printf("Couldn't able to allocate requested memory\n");
      strcpy( MemoryAlloc,"TutorialsPoint");
   printf("Dynamically allocated memory content : %s\n", MemoryAlloc);


When the above program is executed, it produces the following result −

Dynamically allocated memory content: TutorialsPoint
Published on 20-Feb-2021 14:57:12