_strrev, _wcsrev, _mbsrev, _mbsrev_l

Reverses the characters of a string.


_mbsrev and _mbsrev_l cannot be used in applications that execute in the Windows Runtime. For more information, see CRT functions not supported with /ZW.

char *_strrev(
   char *str 
wchar_t *_wcsrev(
   wchar_t *str 
unsigned char *_mbsrev(
   unsigned char *str 
unsigned char *_mbsrev_l(
   unsigned char *str,
   _locale_t locale 


  • str
    Null-terminated string to reverse.

  • locale
    Locale to use.

Return Value

Returns a pointer to the altered string. No return value is reserved to indicate an error.


The _strrev function reverses the order of the characters in string. The terminating null character remains in place. _wcsrev and _mbsrev are wide-character and multibyte-character versions of _strrev. The arguments and return value of _wcsrev are wide-character strings; those of _mbsrev are multibyte-character strings. For _mbsrev, the order of bytes in each multibyte character in string is not changed. These three functions behave identically otherwise.

_mbsrev validates its parameters. If either string1 or string2 is a null pointer, the invalid parameter handler is invoked, as described in Parameter Validation. If execution is allowed to continue, _mbsrev returns NULL and sets errno to EINVAL. _strrev and _wcsrev do not validate their parameters.

The output value is affected by the setting of the LC_CTYPE category setting of the locale; see setlocale, _wsetlocale for more information. The versions of these functions are identical, except that the ones that don't have the _l suffix use the current locale and the ones that do have the_l suffix instead use the locale parameter that's passed in. For more information, see Locale.

Security noteSecurity Note

These functions might be vulnerable to buffer overrun threats. Buffer overruns can be used for system attacks because they can cause an unwarranted elevation of privilege. For more information, see Avoiding Buffer Overruns.

Generic-Text Routine Mappings

TCHAR.H routine

_UNICODE & _MBCS not defined

_MBCS defined

_UNICODE defined











Required header




<string.h> or <wchar.h>

_mbsrev, _mbsrev_l


For additional compatibility information, see Compatibility.


// crt_strrev.c
// This program checks a string to see
// whether it is a palindrome: that is, whether
// it reads the same forward and backward.

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

int main( void )
   char* string = "Able was I ere I saw Elba";
   int result;

   // Reverse string and compare (ignore case):
   result = _stricmp( string, _strrev( _strdup( string ) ) );
   if( result == 0 )
      printf( "The string \"%s\" is a palindrome\n", string );
      printf( "The string \"%s\" is not a palindrome\n", string );
The string "Able was I ere I saw Elba" is a palindrome

.NET Framework Equivalent

Not applicable. To call the standard C function, use PInvoke. For more information, see Platform Invoke Examples.

See Also


String Manipulation (CRT)


Interpretation of Multibyte-Character Sequences

strcpy, wcscpy, _mbscpy

_strset, _strset_l, _wcsset, _wcsset_l, _mbsset, _mbsset_l