__popcnt16, __popcnt, __popcnt64

Microsoft Specific

Counts the number of 1 bits (population count) in a 16-, 32-, or 64-bit unsigned integer.


unsigned short __popcnt16(
   unsigned short value
unsigned int __popcnt(
   unsigned int value
unsigned __int64 __popcnt64(
   unsigned __int64 value


[in] The 16-, 32-, or 64-bit unsigned integer for which we want the population count.

Return value

The number of 1 bits in the value parameter.


Intrinsic Architecture
__popcnt16 Advanced Bit Manipulation
__popcnt Advanced Bit Manipulation
__popcnt64 Advanced Bit Manipulation in 64-bit mode.

Header file <intrin.h>


Each of the intrinsics generates the popcnt instruction. In 32-bit mode, there are no 64-bit general-purpose registers, so 64-bit popcnt isn't supported.

To determine hardware support for the popcnt instruction, call the __cpuid intrinsic with InfoType=0x00000001 and check bit 23 of CPUInfo[2] (ECX). This bit is 1 if the instruction is supported, and 0 otherwise. If you run code that uses these intrinsics on hardware that doesn't support the popcnt instruction, the results are unpredictable.


#include <iostream>
#include <intrin.h>
using namespace std;

int main()
  unsigned short us[3] = {0, 0xFF, 0xFFFF};
  unsigned short usr;
  unsigned int   ui[4] = {0, 0xFF, 0xFFFF, 0xFFFFFFFF};
  unsigned int   uir;

  for (int i=0; i<3; i++) {
    usr = __popcnt16(us[i]);
    cout << "__popcnt16(0x" << hex << us[i] << ") = " << dec << usr << endl;

  for (int i=0; i<4; i++) {
    uir = __popcnt(ui[i]);
    cout << "__popcnt(0x" << hex << ui[i] << ") = " << dec << uir << endl;
__popcnt16(0x0) = 0
__popcnt16(0xff) = 8
__popcnt16(0xffff) = 16
__popcnt(0x0) = 0
__popcnt(0xff) = 8
__popcnt(0xffff) = 16
__popcnt(0xffffffff) = 32

END Microsoft Specific

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See also

Compiler intrinsics