creal, crealf, creall — get real part of a complex number


#include <complex.h>

double creal(double complex z);
float crealf(float complex z);
long double creall(long double complex z);

Link with -lm.


These functions return the real part of the complex number z.

One has:

    z = creal(z) + I * cimag(z)


These functions first appeared in glibc in version 2.1.


For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface Attribute Value
creal(), crealf(), creall() Thread safety MT-Safe

Conforming to

C99, POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.


The gcc supports also __real__. That is a GNU extension.

See Also

cabs(3), cimag(3), complex(7)


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Referenced By

cimag(3), complex(7).

The man pages crealf(3) and creall(3) are aliases of creal(3).

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