endl in C++ and why we use it instead of newline

endl in C++ :

endl stands for end line in C++. You can use this operator to insert a new line at the end of a line. It puts one new line and flushes the stream. Let me show you one small example :

#include <iostream>

int main()
  std::cout << "First line..." << std::endl;
  std::cout << "Second line..." << std::endl;
  std::cout << "Third line..." << std::endl
        << "Fourth line..." << std::endl;

It will print the below output :

First line...
Second line...
Third line...
Fourth line...

You can also use using namespace std if you don’t want to use std each time.

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main()
  cout << "First line..." << endl;
  cout << "Second line..." << endl;
  cout << "Third line..." << endl
     << "Fourth line..." << endl;

It will print the same output.

Why we use endl instead of newline character :

Newline character ‘\n’ is another way to add a newline. Actually, endl appends ‘\n’ and calls flush() to flushes the stream.


cout << "Hello"<< endl;

is equivalent to :

cout << "Hello"<< '\n';

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