Check if Char Array is a Number in C++

This tutorial will discuss about a unique way to check if char array is a number in C++.

We can try to convert the char array to a double value. If we are successful in conversion, then it means we can convert a char array to double.

We can use the stod() function to convert a char array to a double value. If given string / char array can not be converted into a valid double value, then the stod() function will raise an exception i.e. either invalid_argument or out_of_range . This way, we can confirm if a char array contains a valid number value or not.

Let’s see the complete example,

#include <iostream>
#include <string.h>

// Returns true of the string contains a number
bool isNumber(const char* arr )
    bool result = false;
        // convert string to double
        double value = std::stod(arr);
        result = true;
    catch( const std::exception& )

    return result;

int main()
    char arr[10] = "234.8";

    // Check if char array / string is a number
    if(isNumber (arr) )
        std::cout<<"Char Array contains the Number \n";
        std::cout<<"Char Array does not contain a Number \n";

    return 0;

Output :

Char Array contains the Number


Today we learned about several ways to check if char array is a number in C++. Thanks.

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