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The C Book


This is the TeX/PDF version of The C Book by Mike Banahan, Declan Brady and Mark Doran. This version is based on the second edition and contains minor edits and corrections of the past 10 years. These edits mainly pertain to formatting and fixing small errors. The PDF can be freely redistributed.

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The latest version of the PDF of The C Book can be downloaded at


Thr second ediiton was made printed in 1991 by Addison Wesley. The original nroff sources were converted to HTML and made available in 2003 by Mike Banahan. In 2010 these HTML files were converted by a purpose-built Perl script to TeX/PdF by Ward van Wanrooij. The TeX sources have been put on Github and since then have also incorporated changes by Andrea D'Amore and Ernst Reissner.


If you spot any errors, please open an issue or send a pull request.


Permission is hereby granted for anyone to do anything that they want with this material—you may freely reprint it, redistribute it, amend it or do whatever you like with it provided that you include an acknowledgement of the original authorship and copyright in the form of a link to For more information please review the original license.