C Support in Clang

Clang implements the following published and upcoming ISO C standards:

Language Standard Flag Available in Clang?
C89 -std=c89 Yes
C99 -std=c99 Almost certainly
C11 -std=c11 Probably
C17 -std=c17 Maybe?
C2x -std=c2x Partial

The implementation status for C99, C11, and C17 are currently under investigation. Any proposal whose status in Clang is currently unknown will be marked in magenta.

The Clang community is continually striving to improve C standards compliance between releases. We implement the resolution for defect reports, but we do not currently track our DR status (help with tracking DR status is appreciated).

The LLVM bug tracker contains a Clang C component that tracks known bugs with Clang's language conformance.

C89 implementation status

Clang implements all of the ISO 9899:1990 (C89) standard.

You can use Clang in C89 mode with the -std=c89 or -std=c90 options.

C99 implementation status

Clang implements a significant portion of the ISO 9899:1999 (C99) standard, but the status of individual proposals is still under investigation.

You can use Clang in C99 mode with the -std=c99 option.

C11 implementation status

Clang implements a significant portion of the ISO 9899:2011 (C11) standard, but the status of individual proposals is still under investigation.

You can use Clang in C11 mode with the -std=c11 option (use -std=c1x in Clang 3.0 and earlier).

List of features and minimum Clang version with support
Language Feature C11 Proposal Available in Clang?
A finer-grained specification for sequencing N1252 Unknown
Clarification of expressions N1282 Unknown
Extending the lifetime of temporary objects (factored approach) N1285 Unknown
Requiring signed char to have no padding bits N1310 Unknown
Initializing static or external variables N1311 Unknown
Conversion between pointers and floating types N1316 Yes
Adding TR 19769 to the C Standard Library N1326 Clang 3.3
Static assertions N1330 Yes
Parallel memory sequencing model proposal N1349 Unknown
Analyzability (#1, #4 - conditionally normative) N1350 Unknown
FLT_EVAL_METHOD issues (first change only) N1353 Unknown
_Bool bit-fields N1356 Unknown
Technical corrigendum for C1X N1359 Unknown
Benign typedef redefinition N1360 Clang 3.1
Thread-local storage N1364 Clang 3.3
Constant expressions N1365 Unknown
Contractions and expression evaluation methods N1367 Unknown
FLT_EVAL_METHOD and return N1382 Unknown
Floating-point to int/_Bool conversions N1391 Unknown
Analyzability (along the lines) N1394 Unknown
Wide function returns (alternate proposal) N1396 Unknown
N1397 Clang 3.2
N1447 Clang 3.2
Anonymous member-structures and unions (modulo "name lookup") N1406 Yes
Completeness of types N1439 Unknown
Generic macro facility N1441 Yes
Dependency ordering for C memory model N1444 Unknown
Subsetting the standard N1460 Unknown
Assumed types in F.9.2 N1468 Unknown
Supporting the 'noreturn' property in C1x N1478 Clang 3.3
Updates to C++ memory model based on formalization N1480 Unknown
Explicit initializers for atomics N1482 Unknown
Atomics proposal (minus ternary op) N1485 Yes
UTF-8 string literals N1488 Clang 3.3
Optimizing away infinite loops N1509 Yes
Conditional normative status for Annex G N1514 Unknown
Creation of complex value N1464 Unknown
Recommendations for extended identifier characters for C and C++ N1518 Unknown
Atomic C1x/C++0x compatibility refinements (1st part only) N1526 Yes
Atomic bitfields implementation defined N1530 Yes
Small fix for the effect of alignment on struct/union type compatibility N1532 Yes
Synthesis re _Atomic N1537 Unknown
Clarification for wide evaluation N1531 Unknown

C17 implementation status

There are no major changes in this edition, only technical corrections and clarifications that are tracked by Defect Report.

You can use Clang in C17 mode with the -std=c17 or -std=c18 options (available in Clang 6 and later).

C2x implementation status

Clang has support for some of the features of the C standard following C17, informally referred to as C2x.

You can use Clang in C2x mode with the -std=c2x option (available in Clang 9 and later).

List of features and minimum Clang version with support
Language Feature C2x Proposal Available in Clang?
Evaluation formats N2186 Unknown
Clarifying the restrict Keyword v2 N2660 Unknown
Harmonizing static_assert with C++ N2665 Clang 9
nodiscard attribute N2667 Clang 9
maybe_unused attribute N2670 Clang 9
TS 18661 Integration
N2314 Unknown
N2341 Unknown
N2401 Unknown
N2359 Unknown
N2546 Unknown
Preprocessor line numbers unspecified N2322 Yes
deprecated attribute N2334 Clang 9
N2335 Clang 9
N2554 Clang 9
Defining new types in offsetof N2350 Yes
fallthrough attribute N2408 Clang 9
Two's complement sign representation N2412 Unknown
Adding the u8 character prefix N2418 No
Remove support for function definitions with identifier lists N2432 No
*_IS_IEC_60559 feature test macros N2379 Unknown
Floating-point negation and conversion N2416 Unknown
Annex F.8 update for implementation extensions and rounding N2384 Unknown
_Bool definitions for true and false N2393 No
[[nodiscard("should have a reason")]] N2448 Clang 10
Allowing unnamed parameters in function definitions N2480 Clang 11
Free positioning of labels inside compound statements N2508 No
Clarification request for C17 example of undefined behavior N2517 No
Querying attribute support N2553 Clang 9
Binary literals N2549 Clang 9
Allow duplicate attributes N2557 Clang 13
Character encoding of diagnostic text N2563 Yes
What we think we reserve N2572 Partial
Decimal floating-point triples N2580 Unknown
Remove mixed wide string literal concatenation N2594 Clang 9
Update to IEC 60559:2020 N2600 Unknown
Compatibility of Pointers to Arrays with Qualifiers N2607 Partial