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Convert a "Hex String" to an Integer

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Convert a string containing a hex value to an integer
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    Convert a "Hex String" to an Integer

    Sometimes I have had a string containing a Hex Value like

    char s[10] = 
    that I would like to convert to an integer (in this case it would of course get the value 65000). I have not been able to find any standard C or C++ functions to do that, so I decided to write my own. It's declared as _httoi(const TCHAR *value) and is coded using TCHAR so it works both with and without UNICODE defined

    It's possible it could be done smarter and faster, but it works and if you like it it's yours to use for free.

    Here is the code to a small console application that uses the function, and demostrates its use.

    #include "stdafx.h"
    #include <tchar.h>
    #include <malloc.h>
    int _httoi(const TCHAR *value)
      struct CHexMap
        TCHAR chr;
        int value;
      const int HexMapL = 16;
      CHexMap HexMap[HexMapL] =
        {'0', 0}, {'1', 1},
        {'2', 2}, {'3', 3},
        {'4', 4}, {'5', 5},
        {'6', 6}, {'7', 7},
        {'8', 8}, {'9', 9},
        {'A', 10}, {'B', 11},
        {'C', 12}, {'D', 13},
        {'E', 14}, {'F', 15}
      TCHAR *mstr = _tcsupr(_tcsdup(value));
      TCHAR *s = mstr;
      int result = 0;
      if (*s == '0' && *(s + 1) == 'X') s += 2;
      bool firsttime = true;
      while (*s != '\0')
        bool found = false;
        for (int i = 0; i < HexMapL; i++)
          if (*s == HexMap[i].chr)
            if (!firsttime) result <<= 4;
            result |= HexMap[i].value;
            found = true;
        if (!found) break;
        firsttime = false;
      return result;
    int main(int argc, char* argv[])
      TCHAR *test[4] = {_T("0xFFFF"), _T("0xabcd"), _T("ffff"), _T("ABCD")};
      for (int i = 0; i < 4; i++)
        _tprintf(_T("Hex String: %s is int: %d\n\r"), test[i], _httoi(test[i]));
      return 0;

    Well, that's all there is to it. You can either copy the code from your browser, or download the project for Visual C++ 6.0.


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    About the Author

    Anders Molin
    Software Developer (Senior)
    Denmark Denmark
    Huh! Wink | ;-)

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    QuestionLicense? Pin
    Member 896106510-Jul-12 2:50
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    GeneralInteger string (64bit) to hex having only 32 bit Pin
    RomanoScuri13-Sep-10 22:41
    memberRomanoScuri13-Sep-10 22:41 
    GeneralOh my god- so much code and for what??? Something that is already done with one line using "strtol" Pin
    TheBishop7-May-09 5:39
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    Generalefficient & no library dependencies: Pin
    tektor15-Dec-08 12:04
    membertektor15-Dec-08 12:04 
    Generaldead horse Pin
    c. leamon11-Sep-07 4:08
    memberc. leamon11-Sep-07 4:08 
    QuestionWhy re-invent the wheel ? Pin
    damnedyankee8-Dec-06 1:10
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    AnswerRe: Why re-invent the wheel ? Pin
    Francesco Pratolongo4-Apr-07 9:22
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    GeneralShorter Code Pin
    nfalabi29-Oct-06 19:08
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    GeneralRe: Shorter Code Pin
    as_sound_as6-May-07 6:56
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    General:) nice but... Pin
    nicekr14-Aug-06 4:12
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    Generalgreat!! Pin
    KIM HyunJoong3-Jul-06 19:05
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    Generalsscanf will do too ... Pin
    Anonymous27-Sep-05 3:08
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    GeneralRe: sscanf will do too ... Pin
    spinoza4-Jan-06 15:53
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    GeneralThanks Pin
    Codin' Carlos16-Oct-02 19:58
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    GeneralRe: Thanks Pin
    c4l23-Apr-06 11:26
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    General;P If you speaking about C++ then this is the solution for converting a hexadecimal string to an integer Pin
    Anonymous12-Jun-02 2:19
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    GeneralUse strtol. Pin
    Anonymous25-Jul-02 11:00
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    GeneralString to Int Pin
    Komtiki21-Apr-02 22:01
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    GeneralRe: String to Int Pin
    Anders Molin8-May-02 11:33
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    GeneralTry This also Pin
    NMS10-Aug-01 0:45
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    GeneralUsing CString again... Pin
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    GeneralSlooooooow lookup Pin
    Oz Solomonovich17-Jan-01 6:33
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    GeneralAnother way -- using CString Pin
    Paul Wolfensberger14-Jan-01 5:32
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    Generalstd::stringstream Pin
    Wilka12-Jan-01 12:33
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    QuestionWhy don't you use strtol()? Pin
    Nicolas P12-Jan-01 11:07
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    William E. Kempf12-Jan-01 11:35
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    AnswerRe: Why don't you use strtol()? Pin
    Anders Molin12-Jan-01 11:50
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