malloc_usable_size(3) Library Functions Manual malloc_usable_size(3)

malloc_usable_size - obtain size of block of memory allocated from heap

Standard C library (libc, -lc)

#include <malloc.h>
size_t malloc_usable_size(void *_Nullable ptr);

This function can be used for diagnostics or statistics about allocations from malloc(3) or a related function.

malloc_usable_size() returns a value no less than the size of the block of allocated memory pointed to by ptr. If ptr is NULL, 0 is returned.

For an explanation of the terms used in this section, see attributes(7).

Interface Attribute Value
malloc_usable_size () Thread safety MT-Safe


The value returned by malloc_usable_size() may be greater than the requested size of the allocation because of various internal implementation details, none of which the programmer should rely on. This function is intended to only be used for diagnostics and statistics; writing to the excess memory without first calling realloc(3) to resize the allocation is not supported. The returned value is only valid at the time of the call.


2023-07-20 Linux man-pages 6.05.01