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File Handling in C++

File Handling concept in C++ language is used for store a data permanently in computer. Using file

handling we can store our data in Secondary memory (Hard disk).

Why use File Handling in C++

 For permanet storage.

 The transfer of input - data or output - data from one computer to another can be easily

done by using files.

For read and write from a file you need another standard C++ library called fstream, which defines three

new data types:

Datatype Description

ofstream This is used to create a file and write data on files

ifstream This is used to read data from files

fstream This is used to both read and write data from/to files
How to achieve File Handling

For achieving file handling in C++ we need follow following steps

 Naming a file

 Opening a file

 Reading data from file

 Writing data into file

 Closing a file

Functions use in File Handling

Function Operation

open() To create a file

close() To close an existing file

get() Read a single character from a file

put() write a single character in file.

read() Read data from file

write() Write data into file.

Defining and Opening a File

The function open() can be used to open multiple files that use the same stream object.

Syntax

file-stream-class stream-object;

stream-object.open("filename");

Example

ofstream outfile; // create stream


outfile . open ("data1"); // connect stream to data1
Closing a File

A file must be close after completion of all operation related to file. For closing file we need close() function.
Syntax

outfile.close();

File Opening mode

Mode Meaning Purpose

ios :: out Write Open the file for write only.

ios :: in read Open the file for read only.

Open the file for appending data to


ios :: app Appending
end-of-file.

take us to the end of the file when it


ios :: ate Appending
is opened.

Both ios :: app and ios :: ate take us to the end of the file when it is opened. The difference between the two

parameters is that the ios :: app allows us to add data to the end of file only, while ios :: ate mode permits us

to add data or to modify the existing data any where in the file.

The mode can combine two or more parameters using the bitwise OR operator (symbol |)

Example

fstream file;
file.Open("data . txt", ios :: out | ios :: in);

File pointer

Each file have two associated pointers known as the file pointers. One of them is called the input pointer (or

get pointer) and the other is called the output pointer (or put pointer). The input pointer is used for reading

the contents of a given file location and the output pointer is used for writing to a given file location.
Function for manipulation
of file pointer

When we want to move file pointer to desired position then use these function for manage the file pointers.

Function Operation

seekg() moves get pointer (input) to a specified location.

seekp() moves put pointer (output) to a specified location.

tellg() gives the current position of the get pointer.

tellp() gives the current position of the put pointer.

fout . seekg(0, ios :: beg) go to start

fout . seekg(0, ios :: cur) stay at current position

fout . seekg(0, ios :: end) go to the end of file

fout . seekg(m, ios :: beg) move to m+1 byte in the file

fout . seekg(m, ios :: cur) go forward by m bytes from the current position

fout . seekg(-m, ios :: cur) go backward by m bytes from the current position

fout . seekg(-m, ios :: end) go backward by m bytes from the end

put() and get() function

The function put() write a single character to the associated stream. Similarly, the function get() reads a

single character from the associated stream.

read() and write() function

These function take two arguments. The first is the address of the variable V , and the second is the length

of that variable in bytes. The address of variable must be cast to type char * (i.e pointer to character type).

Example

file . read ((char *)&V , sizeof (V));


file . Write ((char *)&V , sizeof (V));
Read and Write data from/to File
File handling in C++

#include<iostream.h>
#include<conio.h>
#include<stdio.h>
#include<stdlib.h>
#include<fstream.h>

class student

{
public:
int roll;
char name[15],f_name[20];
void put();
void get();
void switch_case();
}; student s;

void student::put()
{
clrscr();
fstream file;
cout<<"Enter roll no: ";
cin>>roll;
cout<<"Enter name: ";
gets(name);
cout<<"Enter father name: ";
gets(f_name);
file.open("stu.dat",ios::out|ios::app);
// file.seekp(0,ios::beg);
file.write((char *)this,sizeof(student));
file.close();
getch();
s.switch_case();
}
void student::get()
{
int temp;
clrscr();
cout<"Enter roll no: ";
cin>>temp;
fstream file;
file.open("stu.dat",ios::in);
file.seekg(0,ios::beg);
while(file.read((char *)this,sizeof(student)));
{
if(roll==temp)
{
cout<<"roll no. "<<roll<<endl;
cout<<"stu name: "<<name<<endl;
cout<<"father name: "<<f_name;
}
}
file.close();
getch();
s.switch_case();
}

void student::switch_case()
{
int i;
cout<<"Enter your choice (1-Read, 2-Write, 3-exit): ";
cin>>i;
switch(i)
{
case 1:
s.put();
break;

case 2:
s.get();
break;

case 3:
exit(0);

default:
cout<<"wrong choice ";
}
}

void main()
{
clrscr();
s.switch_case();
}

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Output

Enter your choice (1-Read, 2-Write, 3-exit): 1

Enter roll_no: 1

Enter name: Hitesh

Enter father name: Pandit

Enter your choice (1-Read, 2-Write, 3-exit): 2

Enter roll_no.: 1

roll no.: 1

stu name.: Hitesh

father name: Pandit