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getch() Function in C Programming Language

getch() Function in C
The getch() is a predefined non-standard function that is defined in conio.h header file. It is mostly used by the Dev C/C++, MS- DOS's compilers like Turbo C to hold the screen until the user passes a single value to exit from the console screen. It can also be used to read a single byte character or string from the keyboard and then print. It does not hold any parameters. It has no buffer area to store the input character in a program.
Syntax for getch() Function in C
#include <conio.h> int getch(void);
The getch() function does not accept any parameter from the user. It returns the ASCII value of the key pressed by the user as an input. We use a getch() function in a C/ C++ program to hold the output screen for some time until the user passes a key from the keyboard to exit the console screen. Using getch() function, we can hide the input character provided by the users in the ATM PIN, password, etc. • getch() method pauses the Output Console until a key is pressed. • It does not use any buffer to store the input character. • The entered character is immediately returned without waiting for the enter key. • The entered character does not show up on the console. • The getch() method can be used to accept hidden inputs like password, ATM pin numbers, etc.
/* wait for any character input from keyboard by getch() function example. */ // C code to illustrate working of // getch() to accept hidden inputs #include <conio.h> #include <dos.h> // delay() #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> void main() { // Taking the password of 8 characters char pwd[9]; int i; // To clear the screen clrscr(); printf("Enter Password: "); for (i = 0; i < 8; i++) { // Get the hidden input // using getch() method pwd[i] = getch(); // Print * to show that // a character is entered printf("*"); } pwd[i] = '\0'; printf("\n"); // Now the hidden input is stored in pwd[] // So any operation can be done on it // Here we are just printing printf("Entered password: "); for (i = 0; pwd[i] != '\0'; i++) printf("%c", pwd[i]); // Now the console will wait // for a key to be pressed getch(); }

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