void Pointers in C

A pointer to void, or void pointer for short, is a pointer with the type void *. As there are no objects with the type void, the type void * is used as the all-purpose pointer type. In other words, a void pointer can represent the address of any object but not its type. To access an object in memory, you must always convert a void pointer into an appropriate object pointer.
To declare a function that can be called with different types of pointer arguments, you can declare the appropriate parameters as pointers to void. When you call such a function, the compiler implicitly converts an object pointer argument into a void pointer. Consider the following example.


#include <stdio.h>
int main()
	void *p; // declaring a void pointer
	int ab = 40;
	p = &ab; // assigning address of integer (ab) pointer to void pointer
	float f = 4.063;
	char *char1 = "hello";

	printf("value of integer void pointer %d", *((int*) p));

	p = &f; // assigning address of float (f) pointer to void pointer p
	printf("\nValue of float void pointer %f", *((float*) p));

	p = char1; // assigning char pointer char1 to void pointer p

	printf("\nValue of char void pointer %s", ((char*) p));

	return 0;


value of integer void pointer 40
Value of float void pointer 4.063000
Value of char void pointer hello