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In this article, you will learn and get code on swapping of two numbers in C language using following approaches:

- using third Variable
- without using third Variable
- using Function and Pointer

Swapping of two numbers means, first number becomes second and second number becomes first. For example, if user
enters any two number say 10 and 20. And let's suppose the two variables say **num1** and **num2** holds
these two numbers. That is, *num1=10* and *num2=20*. Then after swapping it will be like *num1=20* and *num2=10*

Swapping of two numbers in C, becomes easy using third variable. That is, this
program uses a variable named *temp* that helps a lot while performing the swap operation of given two numbers by
user at run-time. Let's take a look at the program first

#include<stdio.h> #include<conio.h> int main() { int num1, num2, temp; printf("Enter Two Numbers:-\n"); printf("First Number: "); scanf("%d", &num1); printf("Second Number: "); scanf("%d", &num2); printf("\nBefore Swap:\n"); printf("First Number = %d\tSecond Number = %d", num1, num2); temp = num1; num1 = num2; num2 = temp; printf("\n\nAfter Swap:\n"); printf("First Number = %d\tSecond Number = %d", num1, num2); getch(); return 0; }

This program was build and run under *Code::Blocks* IDE. Here is its sample run:

Now enter the first number say *10* and then second number say *20*. Press `ENTER`

key to see the following output:

The main block of code for swapping of two numbers is:

temp = num1; num1 = num2; num2 = temp;

For example, if user enters 10 as first number, then 10 gets initialized to *num1*. And if user enters 20
as second number, then 20 gets initialized to *num2*. That is, **num1=10** and **num2=20**.

Now after executing the statement:

temp = num1;

The value of *num1* (that is 10) gets initialized to *temp*. Therefore, **temp=10**. And after executing the statement:

num1 = num2;

The value of *num2* (that is 20) gets initialized to *num1*. Therefore, **num1=20**. And again after executing the statement:

num2 = temp;

The value of *temp* (that is 10) gets initialized to *num2*. Therefore, **num2=10**. In this way,
now the variable *num1* holds the value that initially *num2* has. Whereas the variable *num2* holds
the value that initially *num1* has.

**Note - ** Don't forgot to initialize the value of *num1* to any third variable before initializing the value of *num2* to it.

Unlike the previous program, this program will not use any type of extra (third) variable in __neither__ direct __nor__ in-direct way:

#include<stdio.h> #include<conio.h> int main() { int num1, num2; printf("Enter Two Numbers:-\n"); printf("First Number: "); scanf("%d", &num1); printf("Second Number: "); scanf("%d", &num2); printf("\nBefore Swap:\n"); printf("First Number = %d\tSecond Number = %d", num1, num2); num1 = num1+num2; num2 = num1-num2; num1 = num1-num2; printf("\n\nAfter Swap:\n"); printf("First Number = %d\tSecond Number = %d", num1, num2); getch(); return 0; }

This program will produce the same output as of previous one. The following block of code is responsible for swapping of given two numbers. Here I've used the addition and subtraction operation:

num1 = num1+num2; num2 = num1-num2; num1 = num1-num2;

For example, let's suppose 10 and 20 are the two numbers entered by user. Therefore. **num1=10** and
**num2=20**. Now after executing the following statement:

num1 = num1+num2;

The value comes from *num1+num2* (that will be 10+20) gets initialized to *num1*. Therefore, **num1=30**.
Again after executing the following statement:

num2 = num1-num2;

The value comes from *num1-num2* (that will be 30-20) gets initialized to *num2*. Therefore, **num2=10**.
And again after executing the statement given below:

num1 = num1-num2;

The value comes from *num1-num2* (that will be 30-10) gets initialized to *num1*. Therefore, **num1=20**.
Now the value of first variable goes to second and the value of second variable goes to first one.

If there are two numbers. Suppose first number becomes total. Then if you subtract second number from total,
you'll get the first number. Therefore it gets initialized to *num2* (that now holds the initial value of *num1*). Again if you
subtract the new value of second number (initial value of first number) from total, then you will get the initial value of second number.
Therefore it gets initialized to *num1* (that now holds the initial value of *num2*).

This is the last program on swapping of two numbers. This program uses a user-defined function named **swapFun()**
to swap the given two numbers by user:

#include<stdio.h> #include<conio.h> void swapFun(int *, int *); int main() { int num1, num2; printf("Enter Two Numbers:-\n"); printf("First Number: "); scanf("%d", &num1); printf("Second Number: "); scanf("%d", &num2); printf("\nBefore Swap:\n"); printf("First Number = %d\tSecond Number = %d", num1, num2); swapFun(&num1, &num2); printf("\n\nAfter Swap:\n"); printf("First Number = %d\tSecond Number = %d", num1, num2); getch(); return 0; } void swapFun(int *num1, int *num2) { int temp; temp = *num1; *num1 = *num2; *num2 = temp; }

This program also produces the same output as of previous two programs.

In above program, the **&** is called as __address of__ operator. Whereas the ***** is called as
__value at__ operator. Therefore using the *address of* operator, we've passed the address of both the variables
say *num1* and *num2* (that holds the two numbers entered by user) to the function named *swapFun()*.

And inside the function *swapFun()*, we have used the *value at* operator to fetch the value available
at the address of both the variables. The two variables gets swapped inside the function. Because we're using the
address of both the variables, therefore the operation that has been done inside the function *swapFun()* effects
the variable's value throughout the program. That is, when we print the value of two variables inside the *main()*
function (after calling the function *swapFun()*), its value gets swapped.

To learn about Pointers or Functions in detail, then you can follow the separate tutorial on it.

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