feof C Library Function

The function int feof(FILE *stream); checks the state of end-of-File indicator associated with stream. Once the file position indicator reaches the end of the file, any further read operations will return EOF.
End of file indicator for a stream can be cleared by a call to rewind, fseek, clearerr, freopen or fsetpos.

Function prototype of feof

int feof(FILE *stream);
  • stream : A pointer to a FILE object which identifies a stream.

Return value of feof

This function returns a non-zero value if the end of file indicator for the stream is set, zero is returned otherwise.

C program using feof function

The following program shows the use of feof function to traverse the file from start till end of the file. Let file "textFile.txt" contains "feof C Standard Library function" string. The content of this file will get printed by the following program.

#include <stdio.h>

int main(){
   FILE *file;
   int c;
   file = fopen("textFile.txt","r");
   if(file == NULL){
      perror("Error: Unable to open a file");
   } else {
          c = fgetc(file);
          printf("%c", c);

feof C Standard Library function