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C Program to Find Largest of Two Numbers



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In this tutorial, you will learn and get code about how to find and print the largest number between any given two numbers by user (at run-time) with following approaches:

Find Largest of Two Numbers using if-else

To find the largest or greatest one between any given two numbers in C programming, you have to ask from the user to enter any two number to check and find out which one is larger as shown in the program given below:

#include<stdio.h>
#include<conio.h>
int main()
{
    int a, b, big;
    printf("Enter any two number: ");
    scanf("%d%d", &a, &b);
    if(a>b)
        big=a;
    else
        big=b;
    printf("\nBiggest of the two number is: %d", big);
    getch();
    return 0;
}

As the above program was written in Code::Blocks IDE, therefore after successful build and run, it will produce the following result:

c program find largest of two numbers

Now you have to supply any two numbers say 10 and 20 and then press ENTER to see the output as given in the second snapshot here. As we all knows that 20 is greater than 10, therefore you will see 20 as output:

c program find greatest of two numbers

If you want to check with first number as 20 and second number as 10, then you can also go for that Here is the output:

largest of any two number

Program Explained

Find Largest of/between Two Numbers using Ternary Operator

Here is another program that does the same job as of previous one. This program uses ternary operator to find the greater one:

#include<stdio.h>
#include<conio.h>
int main()
{
    int num1, num2, large;
    printf("Enter any two numbers: ");
    scanf("%d%d", &num1, &num2);
    large = (num1>num2) ? num1 : num2;
    printf("\nLargest = %d", large);
    getch();
    return 0;
}

Here is the first screenshot of sample run:

largest between two using ternary operator

Now supply any two numbers and press ENTER to see the largest number as shown here in the second snapshot:

greatest of two using ternary

The main logical code is:

large = (num1>num2) ? num1 : num2;

Here if num1 is greater than num2, then num1 will be initialized to large, otherwise num2 will be initialized to large.

Or you can says that, if num1 is greater than num2, then the whole expression after large = will become num1;, therefore the statement becomes:

large = num1;

Otherwise (if num1 is less than num2), then statement becomes:

large = num2;

Find Largest of Two Numbers using Function

This is the last program where I've created a function findLarge() that takes both the number given by user as argument, and will return the largest one.

#include<stdio.h>
#include<conio.h>
int findLarge(int, int);
int main()
{
    int num1, num2, larg;
    printf("Enter any two numbers: ");
    scanf("%d%d", &num1, &num2);
    larg = findLarge(num1, num2);
    printf("Largest = %d", larg);
    getch();
    return 0;
}
int findLarge(int a, int b)
{
    if(a<b)
        return b;
    else
        return a;
}

Here is the final snapshot of the sample run:

print largest of two using function c

Inside the function named findLarge(), if value at b is greater than the value at a, then b will be returned and initialized to the large variable, otherwise a will be returned and initialized to the large variable inside the main() function.

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