For statement


Now that we’ve talked about loops it is time to bring up the for statement. The for statement let’s you repeat a block of code over and over again and it is usually used to create loops that must be executed a specified number of times.


for ( init-expression ; cond-expression ; loop-expression){

//your code


Syntax Name When Executed Description


Before any other element of the for statement, init-expression is executed only once. Control then passes to cond-expression. Often used to initialize loop indices. It can contain expressions or declarations.


Before execution of each iteration of statement, including the first iteration. statement is executed only if cond-expression evaluates to true (nonzero). An expression that evaluates to an integral type or a class type that has an unambiguous conversion to an integral type. Normally used to test for loop-termination criteria.


At the end of each iteration of statement. After loop-expression is executed, cond-expression is evaluated. Normally used to increment or decrement loop indices.

For example:

for (int i = 1; i<=5 ; i++)

cout << i;

This will output : 12345

Loop expression can be incremented ,decremented or modified in other ways too


  • for (int i = 1; i<=20 ;i = i+2)
  • for (int i = 1; i<=20 ;i*i)
  • for (int i = 1; i<=20 ;i = i*3)

and so on!

I hope that now you have a basic understanding of the for statement in C++ 🙂

Keep on coding! 😉


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