Purpose of main() function in C?

In C, program execution starts from the main() function. Every C program must contain a main() function. The main function may contain any number of statements. These statements are executed sequentially in the order which they are written.

The main function can in-turn call other functions. When main calls a function, it passes the execution control to that function. The function returns control to main when a return statement is executed or when end of function is reached.

In C, the function prototype of the 'main' is one of the following:
int main(); //main with no arguments
int main(int argc, char *argv[]); //main with arguments

The parameters argc and argv respectively give the number and value of the program's command-line arguments.


#include <stdio.h>
/* program section begins here */
int main()
          // opening brace - program execution starts here
          printf("Welcome to the world of C");
          return 0;
// closing brace - program terminates here

Welcome to the world of C

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