How to Convert Double to String C++

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How to Convert Double to String C++
Use Visual C++ to write a C++ program to convert a double to a string. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

C++ handles a variety of conversions between number types and strings using the iostream class and the putto operator "<<." The iostream class has some limitations and doesn't support direct conversion from a double floating point number to a string. To convert from a double to a string, C++ provides the stringstream class. A simple Microsoft Visual C++ project can demonstrates this in just a few lines of code.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" icon and navigate to "All Programs" and then "Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express." Click "Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express."

  2. 2

    Click the "File" menu, and navigate to "New." Click "Project" to open the new project dialogue.

  3. 3

    Click "Win32" in the installed templates tree view on the left-hand side of the dialogue. Click "Win32 Console Application." Enter a name for the project (for example, "doubletostring") in the "Name:" field toward the bottom of the dialogue. Click "OK" to open the "Win32 Application Wizard" dialogue. Click "Finish."

  4. 4

    Replace the default code that appears in the editor with the following code:

    include "stdafx.h"

    include <iostream>

    include <string>

    include <sstream>

    using namespace std;

    int main(int argc, char* argv[])


    double d;

    stringstream dss;

    string doubleasstring;

    cout << "Please enter a decimal number:" << endl;

    cin >> d;


    dss << d;

    doubleasstring = dss.str();

    cout << doubleasstring << endl;

    return 0;


  5. 5

    Press "F7" or click on the "Debug" menu and "Build Solution" to compile the program and show the result in the Output window toward the bottom of Visual C++:

    ========== Build: 1 succeeded, 0 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========

    If the result is "0 succeeded" and then a number of failures, check the code you have entered and ensure it is identical to the code in Step 4.

  6. 6

    Press "Ctrl+F5" to run the program. Enter a decimal when a black console window appears and prompts you to. This step corresponds to the following lines in the code:

    cout << "Please enter a decimal number:" << endl;

    cin >> d;

    cout << doubleasstring << endl;

    Enter code that converts from the double, stored in the variable d, to the string variable ds:


    dss << d;

    doubleasstring = dss.str();

    The first line sets the decimal precision of the conversion. The next line inserts the double into the stringstream dss. The final line converts the stringstream to a string.

Tips and warnings

  • The same code works on Linux and Mac OS X using the GNU compiler collection (GCC). Create doubletostring.cpp in your favourite editor and add the code from Step 4, omitting the line: #include "stdafx.h"
  • To compile the code, use the command "g++ doubletostring.cpp."
  • To run the code, use "./a.out."

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