Printing hexadecimal characters in C

The Solution to Printing hexadecimal characters in C is


You are seeing the ffffff because char is signed on your system. In C, vararg functions such as printf will promote all integers smaller than int to int. Since char is an integer (8-bit signed integer in your case), your chars are being promoted to int via sign-extension.

Since c0 and 80 have a leading 1-bit (and are negative as an 8-bit integer), they are being sign-extended while the others in your sample don't.

char    int
c0 -> ffffffc0
80 -> ffffff80
61 -> 00000061

Here's a solution:

char ch = 0xC0;
printf("%x", ch & 0xff);

This will mask out the upper bits and keep only the lower 8 bits that you want.

~ Answered on 2011-11-09 04:02:30


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