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NSString Format Specifiers

Do you ever got confused when you want to NSLog a long integer? What to use to print a long %ld or %lx or %f or %d. Well Here is a complete list of all the NSString format specifiers -

Specifier Description
%@ Objective-C object, printed as the string returned by descriptionWithLocale: if available, or description otherwise. Also works with CFTypeRef objects, returning the result of the CFCopyDescription function.
%% '%' character
%d, %D, %i Signed 32-bit integer (int)
%u, %U Unsigned 32-bit integer (unsigned int)
%hi Signed 16-bit integer (short)
%hu Unsigned 16-bit integer (unsigned short)
%qi Signed 64-bit integer (long long)
%qu Unsigned 64-bit integer (unsigned long long)
%x Unsigned 32-bit integer (unsigned int), printed in hexadecimal using the digits 0–9 and lowercase a–f
%X Unsigned 32-bit integer (unsigned int), printed in hexadecimal using the digits 0–9 and uppercase A–F
%qx Unsigned 64-bit integer (unsigned long long), printed in hexadecimal using the digits 0–9 and lowercase a–f
%qX Unsigned 64-bit integer (unsigned long long), printed in hexadecimal using the digits 0–9 and uppercase A–F
%o, %O Unsigned 32-bit integer (unsigned int), printed in octal
%f 64-bit floating-point number (double)
%e 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in scientific notation using a lowercase e to introduce the exponent
%E 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in scientific notation using an uppercase E to introduce the exponent
%g 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in the style of %e if the exponent is less than –4 or greater than or equal to the precision, in the style of %f otherwise
%G 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in the style of %E if the exponent is less than –4 or greater than or equal to the precision, in the style of %f otherwise
%c 8-bit unsigned character (unsigned char), printed by NSLog() as an ASCII character, or, if not an ASCII character, in the octal format \ddd or the Unicode hexadecimal format \udddd, where d is a digit
%C 16-bit Unicode character (unichar), printed by NSLog() as an ASCII character, or, if not an ASCII character, in the octal format \ddd or the Unicode hexadecimal format \udddd, where d is a digit
%s Null-terminated array of 8-bit unsigned characters. %s interprets its input in the system encoding rather than, for example, UTF-8.
%S Null-terminated array of 16-bit Unicode characters
%p Void pointer (void *), printed in hexadecimal with the digits 0–9 and lowercase a–f, with a leading 0x
%L Length modifier specifying that a following a, A, e, E, f, F, g, or G conversion specifier applies to a long double argument
%a 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in scientific notation with a leading 0x and one hexadecimal digit before the decimal point using a lowercase p to introduce the exponent
%A 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in scientific notation with a leading 0X and one hexadecimal digit before the decimal point using a uppercase P to introduce the exponent
%F 64-bit floating-point number (double), printed in decimal notation
%z Length modifier specifying that a following d, i, o, u, x, or X conversion specifier applies to a size_t or the corresponding signed integer type argument
%t Length modifier specifying that a following d, i, o, u, x, or X conversion specifier applies to a ptrdiff_t or the corresponding unsigned integer type argument
%j Length modifier specifying that a following d, i, o, u, x, or X conversion specifier applies to a intmax_t or uintmax_t argument

Hope it will save someone time!

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