What is strtok() function in C language?

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strtok() function is a part of the <string.h> header file #include <string.h>

The syntax of strtok() function is as follows −

char* strtok(char* string, const char* limiter);

Input string string and a delimiter character limiter. strtok() will divide the string into tokens based on the delimited character.

We can expect a list of strings from strtok(). But, the function returns a single string because after calling strtok(input, limiter), it will returns the first token.

But we have to keep calling the function again and again on a NULL input string, until we get NULL! Generally, we used to keep calling strtok(NULL, delim) until it returns NULL.


Following is the C program for strtok() function

 Live Demo

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
int main() {
   char input_string[] = "Hello Tutorials Point!";
   char token_list[20][20];
   char* token = strtok(input_string, " ");
   int num_tokens = 0; // Index to token list. We will append to the list
   while (token != NULL) {
      strcpy(token_list[num_tokens], token); // Copy to token list
      token = strtok(NULL, " "); // Get the next token. Notice that input=NULL now!
   // Print the list of tokens
   printf("Token List:\n");
   for (int i=0; i < num_tokens; i++) {
      printf("%s\n", token_list[i]);
   return 0;


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

Token List:

Input string is “Hello Tutorials Point”, and we are trying to tokenize it by spaces.

We get first token by using strtok(input, " "). Here the double quotes are delimiter and are a single character string!

Afterwards, we keep getting tokens by using strtok(NULL, " ") and loop until we get NULL from strtok().

Published on 03-Sep-2021 06:32:14