memmove, wmemmove

Moves one buffer to another. More secure versions of these functions are available; see memmove_s, wmemmove_s.


void *memmove(
   void *dest,
   const void *src,
   size_t count
wchar_t *wmemmove(
   wchar_t *dest,
   const wchar_t *src,
   size_t count


Destination object.

Source object.

Number of bytes (memmove) or characters (wmemmove) to copy.

Return Value

The value of dest.


Copies count bytes (memmove) or characters (wmemmove) from src to dest. If some regions of the source area and the destination overlap, both functions ensure that the original source bytes in the overlapping region are copied before being overwritten.

Security Note Make sure that the destination buffer is the same size or larger than the source buffer. For more information, see Avoiding Buffer Overruns.

The memmove and wmemmove functions will only be deprecated if the constant _CRT_SECURE_DEPRECATE_MEMORY is defined prior to the inclusion statement in order for the functions to be deprecated, such as in the example below:

#include <string.h>


#include <wchar.h>


Routine Required header
memmove <string.h>
wmemmove <wchar.h>

For additional compatibility information, see Compatibility.


// crt_memcpy.c
// Illustrate overlapping copy: memmove
// always handles it correctly; memcpy may handle
// it correctly.

#include <memory.h>
#include <string.h>
#include <stdio.h>

char str1[7] = "aabbcc";

int main( void )
   printf( "The string: %s\n", str1 );
   memcpy( str1 + 2, str1, 4 );
   printf( "New string: %s\n", str1 );

   strcpy_s( str1, sizeof(str1), "aabbcc" );   // reset string

   printf( "The string: %s\n", str1 );
   memmove( str1 + 2, str1, 4 );
   printf( "New string: %s\n", str1 );
The string: aabbcc
New string: aaaabb
The string: aabbcc
New string: aaaabb

See also

Buffer Manipulation
memcpy, wmemcpy
strcpy, wcscpy, _mbscpy
strncpy, _strncpy_l, wcsncpy, _wcsncpy_l, _mbsncpy, _mbsncpy_l