memmove, wmemmove
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memmove, wmemmove

Moves one buffer to another. More secure versions of these functions are available; see memmove_s, wmemmove_s.

void *memmove(
   void *dest,
   const void *src,
   size_t count 
wchar_t *wmemmove(
   wchar_t *dest,
   const wchar_t *src,
   size_t count


Destination object.


Source object.


Number of bytes (memmove) or characters (wmemmove) to copy.

The value of dest.

Copies count bytes (memmove) or characters (wmemmove) from src to dest. If some regions of the source area and the destination overlap, both functions ensure that the original source bytes in the overlapping region are copied before being overwritten.

Security Note   Make sure that the destination buffer is the same size or larger than the source buffer. For more information, see Avoiding Buffer Overruns.

The memmove and wmemmove functions will only be deprecated if the constant _CRT_SECURE_DEPRECATE_MEMORY is defined prior to the inclusion statement in order for the functions to be deprecated, such as in the example below:

#include <string.h>
#include <wchar.h>


Required header





For additional compatibility information, see Compatibility in the Introduction.

// crt_memcpy.c
// Illustrate overlapping copy: memmove
// always handles it correctly; memcpy may handle
// it correctly.

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

char str1[7] = "aabbcc";

int main( void )
   printf( "The string: %s\n", str1 );
   memcpy( str1 + 2, str1, 4 );
   printf( "New string: %s\n", str1 );

   strcpy_s( str1, sizeof(str1), "aabbcc" );   // reset string

   printf( "The string: %s\n", str1 );
   memmove( str1 + 2, str1, 4 );
   printf( "New string: %s\n", str1 );
The string: aabbcc New string: aaaabb The string: aabbcc New string: aaaabb
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