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In this tutorial, you will learn how to get the decimal part of a number/float using the C++ programming language.

For instance, given a number (float type) such as 12.351. The fractional part would be 0.351, so that is what we are going to achieve.

Method #1: Using std::floor()

We can use the floor() function to subtract the whole part of the number, which would result in the decimal part only:

#include <iostream>
#include <cmath>

int main()
	float myFloat = 12.351;
	float whole = std::floor(myFloat); //12
	float fractional = myFloat - whole; //12.351 - 12 = 0.351

	std::cout << fractional << std::endl; //Returns 0.351
	return 0;

NOTE: Do not forget to include the cmath library, otherwise we may get the std::floor is not a member of std error.


Read more about the std::floor function here: https://www.cplusplus.com/reference/cmath/floor/