Pointer Operations Demo in C

Here, we will demonstrate pointer operations in C programming.

void main(){

    int arr[5]={12,13,14,15,16};
    int *ptrArr, *ptrArr1,i;
    ptrArr = arr;
    printf("\nPrinting the first element of array: %d\n\n",*ptrArr);
    /*Pointer variable can be increased. If added 1 to it, it will point to the
    next element of the same array*/

        printf("%d\t", *ptrArr);

    /*Now the Pointer is pointing to a memory location that is not reserved
    so if you will print the value at pointer location it will print garbage
    and some times it show any RUN TIME error because C compiler will not
    check array boundaries*/

    printf("Printing value at pointer location that is not reserved by the program\n");
    printf("%d This is garbage\n\n",*ptrArr);
    /*Pointer varible can be decreased and if we are decreasing 1 to it,
    it will start pointing to the previous element in the same array*/

        printf("%d\t", *ptrArr);

	/*Now, ptrArr will point to 3rd element of array*/

	ptrArr = &arr[2];

	printf("\nThird element of an array : %d",*ptrArr);

	/*One pointer can be subtracted from another if they are poining to
    elements of same array and the operation will return no of elements
    in between these two pointer locations*/

	ptrArr1 = &arr[5];

	printf("\n\nSubtraction of two pointers ptrArr1 - ptrArr : %d\n",ptrArr1 - ptrArr);


Two Pointers cannot be added
A pointer cannot be multipled with a number
A pointer cannot be divided by a number


Printing the first element of array: 12

12 13 14 15 16

Printing value at pointer location that is not reserved by the program
0 This is garbage

16 15 14 13 12

Third element of an array : 14

Subtraction of two pointers ptrArr1 - ptrArr : 2

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12 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Couldn’t Understand. Why not explain everything

  2. LearnCOnline says:

    Sorry. I dint get your question.

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    It seems to be a decent code block, but, even with experience of dynamic allocation using malloc, and double pointers.. I feel like you under explained this code.

  5. Anonymous says:

    no that clear

  6. Anonymous says:

    whatever company asked pointer related questions? i want that kind of programs can you post me…

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see utility using two pointers like **p for e.g.
    Could you explain this part? please.

  8. Anonymous says:

    can u explain more precise of the relation between array and pointer with various examples

  9. sagar ahir says:

    sir can we use
    ptrArr = arr[2];
    instead of ptrArr = &arr[2];

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