# How to convert int to float in C?

## How to convert int to float in C?

### Question

I am trying to solve:

```
int total=0, number=0;
float percentage=0.0;
percentage=(number/total)*100;
printf("%.2f", percentage);
```

If the value of the number is 50 and the total is 100, I should get 50.00 as percentage and that is what I want. But I keep getting 0.00 as the answer and tried many changes to the types but they didn't work.

### Accepted Answer

Integer division truncates, so `(50/100)`

results in 0. You can cast to `float`

(better `double`

) or multiply with `100.0`

(for `double`

precision, `100.0f`

for `float`

precision) first,

```
double percentage;
// ...
percentage = 100.0*number/total;
// percentage = (double)number/total * 100;
```

or

```
float percentage;
// ...
percentage = (float)number/total * 100;
// percentage = 100.0f*number/total;
```

Since floating point arithmetic is not associative, the results of `100.0*number/total`

and `(double)number/total * 100`

may be slightly different (the same holds for `float`

), but it's extremely unlikely to influence the first two places after the decimal point, so it probably doesn't matter which way you choose.

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integer division in C truncates the result so `50/100`

will give you `0`

If you want to get the desired result try this :

```
((float)number/total)*100
```

or

```
50.0/100
```

No, because you do the expression using integers, so you divide the *integer* 50 by the *integer* 100, which results in the *integer* 0. Type cast one of them to a `float`

and it should work.

You are doing integer arithmetic, so there the result is correct. Try

```
percentage=((double)number/total)*100;
```

BTW the `%f`

expects a `double`

not a `float`

. By pure luck that is converted here, so it works out well. But generally you'd mostly use `double`

as floating point type in C nowadays.

I routinely multiply by 1.0 if I want floating point, it's easier than remembering the rules.

This should give you the result you want.

```
double total = 0;
int number = 0;
float percentage = number / total * 100
printf("%.2f",percentage);
```

Note that the first operand is a double