C Program to Find Twos Complement of a Binary Number

In this C program, we will learn about how to find two complement of a binary number.

Required Knowledge

Algorithm to find twos complement of a binary number
  • To find the twos complement of a number first find the ones complement by toggling the bits of the number. Change all 1's to 0's and all 0's to 1's.
  • Add binary 1 to the ones complement to get twos complement.

For Example :
Binary Number = 00101011
Ones Complement = 11010100
Twos Complement = 11010101

C program to find two complement of a binary number

#include <stdio.h>  
#include <string.h>  
int main() {
    char binaryNumber[100], onesComplement[100], twosComplement[100];
    int counter, error=0, digitCount, carry = 1;   

    printf("Enter a Binary Number\n");  
    scanf("%s", binaryNumber);  
    digitCount = strlen(binaryNumber);
 for(counter=0; counter < digitCount; counter++) {  
        if(binaryNumber[counter]=='1') {  
            onesComplement[counter] = '0';  
        } else if(binaryNumber[counter]=='0') {  
            onesComplement[counter] = '1';  
        } else {  
            printf("Error :( ");  
            return 1;
    onesComplement[digitCount] = '\0';
    for(counter = digitCount-1; counter >= 0; counter--) {  
        if(onesComplement[counter]=='1' && carry==1){
            twosComplement[counter] = '0';  
        } else if(onesComplement[counter]=='0' && carry==1) {  
            twosComplement[counter] = '1';  
            carry = 0;  
        } else {  
            twosComplement[counter] = onesComplement[counter];  
    twosComplement[digitCount] = '\0'; 
    printf("Two's Complement : %s", twosComplement);  
    return 0;  
Enter a Binary Number
Two's Complement : 00011111

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