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Updated date Oct 25, 2023
In this blog, we will learn different methods for converting unsigned integers to strings in C++.

Introduction:

In C++ programming, transforming data types is a routine task, and one frequently encountered scenario is the conversion of unsigned integers to strings. This operation is important in various applications, from handling user inputs to working with file I/O. In this blog, we will explore various methods to achieve this conversion.

Method 1: Using to_string() Function

Let's kick off our exploration with the elegant and concise to_string() function.

#include <iostream>
#include <string>

int main() {
    unsigned int num = 42;
    std::string str = std::to_string(num);

    std::cout << "Method 1 Output: " << str << std::endl;

    return 0;
}

Output:

Method 1 Output: 42

The to_string() function, residing in the <string> header, elegantly converts numeric types to strings. Here, an unsigned integer num metamorphoses into its string representation, housed in the variable str.

Method 2: Utilizing stringstream

Dive into a more flexible approach by employing std::stringstream.

#include <iostream>
#include <sstream>

int main() {
    unsigned int num = 42;
    std::stringstream ss;
    ss << num;
    std::string str = ss.str();

    std::cout << "Method 2 Output: " << str << std::endl;

    return 0;
}

Output:

Method 2 Output: 42

In this method, a std::stringstream named ss becomes the orchestrator, gracefully converting the unsigned integer into a string via the << operator and ss.str().

Method 3: Iterative Conversion

For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, let's manually iterate through each digit.

#include <iostream>

int main() {
    unsigned int num = 42;
    std::string str;

    while (num > 0) {
        char digit = '0' + num % 10;
        str = digit + str;
        num /= 10;
    }

    std::cout << "Method 3 Output: " << str << std::endl;

    return 0;
}

Output:

Method 3 Output: 42

Here, a loop dissects the unsigned integer into individual digits, meticulously constructing the string representation.

Conclusion:

This blog has explored the various methods to achieve the unsigned integer to string conversion methods in C++. The simplicity of to_string(), the flexibility of std::stringstream, and the hands-on nature of iterative conversion caters to different needs.

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