Converting a pointer into an integer


I am trying to adapt an existing code to a 64 bit machine. The main problem is that in one function, the previous coder uses a void* argument that is converted into suitable type in the function itself. A short example:

void function(MESSAGE_ID id, void* param)
    if(id == FOO) {
        int real_param = (int)param;
        // ...

Of course, on a 64 bit machine, I get the error:

error: cast from 'void*' to 'int' loses precision

I would like to correct this so that it still works on a 32 bit machine and as cleanly as possible. Any idea ?

9/30/2008 3:09:17 PM

Accepted Answer

Use intptr_t and uintptr_t.

To ensure it is defined in a portable way, you can use code like this:

#if defined(__BORLANDC__)
    typedef unsigned char uint8_t;
    typedef __int64 int64_t;
    typedef unsigned long uintptr_t;
#elif defined(_MSC_VER)
    typedef unsigned char uint8_t;
    typedef __int64 int64_t;
    #include <stdint.h>

Just place that in some .h file and include wherever you need it.

Alternatively, you can download Microsoft’s version of the stdint.h file from here or use a portable one from here.

8/28/2015 8:19:21 AM

I'd say this is the modern C++ way.

#include <cstdint>
void *p;
auto i = reinterpret_cast<std::uintptr_t>(p);


The correct type to the the Integer

so the right way to store a pointer as an integer is to use the uintptr_t or intptr_t types. (See also in cppreference integer types for C99).

these types are defined in <stdint.h> for C99 and in the namespace std for C++11 in <cstdint> (see integer types for C++).

C++11 (and onwards) Version

#include <cstdint>
std::uintptr_t i;

C++03 Version

extern "C" {
#include <stdint.h>

uintptr_t i;

C99 Version

#include <stdint.h>
uintptr_t i;

The correct casting operator

In C there is only one cast and using the C cast in C++ is frowned upon (so don't use it in C++). In C++ there is different casts. reinterpret_cast is the correct cast for this conversion (See also here).

C++11 Version

auto i = reinterpret_cast<std::uintptr_t>(p);

C++03 Version

uintptr_t i = reinterpret_cast<uintptr_t>(p);

C Version

uintptr_t i = (uintptr_t)p; // C Version

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