Fortran logical boolean byte size

Fortran compilers typically use 4 bytes for logical while C compilers usually use 1 byte for bool. For C interoperability, Fortran can use:

use, intrinsic :: iso_c_binding

logical(kind=C_BOOL) :: L
logical :: Q

c_sizeof(L) == 1
c_sizeof(Q) == 4
! typically

while C uses:

#include <stdbool.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(void) {
bool L;
printf("%d\n", sizeof(L));
}

and likewise C++ bool is typically 1 byte:

#include <iostream>

int main(){
  bool L;
  std::cout << sizeof(L) << std::endl;
}

Always use iso_c_binding when using C or C++ with Fortran modules to produce cross-platform compatible projects.

See “bool” examples for interfacing between C, C++ and Fortran.