Implement a program that resizes BMPs, per the below.

$ ./resize 4 small.bmp large.bmp


Be sure you’re familiar with the structure of 24-bit uncompressed BMPs, as introduced in Whodunit.



$ wget
$ unzip
$ rm
$ mv problems-resize resize
$ cd resize
$ ls
bmp.h  copy.c  large.bmp  small.bmp  smiley.bmp


Implement a program called resize that resizes (i.e., enlarges) 24-bit uncompressed BMPs by a factor of n.

  • Implement your program in a file called resize.c in a directory called resize.

  • Your program should accept exactly three command-line arguments, whereby

    • the first (n) must be a positive integer less than or equal to 100,

    • the second must be the name of a BMP to be resized, and

    • the third must be the name of the resized version to be written.

    + If your program is not executed with such, it should remind the user of correct usage, as with fprintf (to stderr), and main should return 1.

  • Your program, if it uses malloc, must not leak any memory.



Your program should behave per the examples below. Assumed that the underlined text is what some user has typed.

$ ./resize
Usage: ./resize n infile outfile
$ echo $?
$ ./resize 2 small.bmp larger.bmp
$ echo $?


With a program like this, we could have created large.bmp out of small.bmp by resizing the latter by a factor of 4 (i.e., by multiplying both its width and its height by 4), per the below.

./resize 4 small.bmp large.bmp

You’re welcome to get started by copying (yet again) copy.c and naming the copy resize.c. But spend some time thinking about what it means to resize a BMP. (You may assume that n times the size of infile will not exceed 232 - 1.) Decide which of the fields in BITMAPFILEHEADER and BITMAPINFOHEADER you might need to modify. Consider whether or not you’ll need to add or subtract padding to scanlines. And do be sure to support a value of 1 for n, the result of which should be an outfile with dimensions identical to infile's.

If you happen to use malloc, be sure to use free so as not to leak memory. Try using valgrind to check for any leaks!


If you’d like to peek at, e.g., large.bmp's headers (in a more user-friendly way than xxd allows), you may execute the below.

~cs50/pset4/peek large.bmp

Better yet, if you’d like to compare your outfile’s headers against those from the staff’s solution, you might want to execute commands like the below. (Think about what each is doing.)

./resize 4 small.bmp student.bmp
~cs50/pset4/resize 4 small.bmp staff.bmp
~cs50/pset4/peek student.bmp staff.bmp


check50 cs50/2017/x/resize/less

Staff’s Solution



None so far! Reload this page periodically to check if any arise!


  • 2016-09-27

    • Added a clarification regarding which file pointer to use for fprintf.

  • 2016-09-23

    • Initial release.