C Programming: The reconstruction of the Fast fourier transform of a real signal using Kiss fft libraries

This post is to help any one who is implementing Fast Fourier transform on a real sequence of numbers or one dimensional signal using the KissFFT method (keep it simple stupid). The code provided calculates the magnitude and phase from the real and imaginary components and then performs the inverse Fourier transform to extract the original signal. This process is often used for signal processing applications such as speech enhancement or any kind of audio modification. More information can be found here: Fast Fourier Transform

To use this code, ensure you download the KissFFT libraries from Kiss FFT source.

Create a new c program called kiss_fft_test.c and ensure you compile by also including the Kissfft source files, for example:

gcc -g -lm kiss_fft_test.c kiss_fft.c kiss_fftr.c -o kiss_fft_test

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#include "kiss_fft.h"
#include "kiss_fftr.h"

kiss_fft_cpx* copycpx(float *mat, int nframe)
	int i;
	kiss_fft_cpx *mat2;
        kiss_fft_scalar zero;
        memset(&zero,0,sizeof(zero) );
	for(i=0; i<nframe ; i++)
		mat2[i].r = mat[i];
		mat2[i].i = zero;
	return mat2;

int main(void)
    int i,size = 12;
    int isinverse = 1;
    float buf[size];
    float array[] = {0.1, 0.6, 0.1, 0.4, 0.5, 0, 0.8, 0.7, 0.8, 0.6, 0.1,0};  
    kiss_fft_cpx out_cpx[size],out[size],*cpx_buf;

    kiss_fftr_cfg fft = kiss_fftr_alloc(size*2 ,0 ,0,0);
    kiss_fftr_cfg ifft = kiss_fftr_alloc(size*2,isinverse,0,0);

    cpx_buf = copycpx(array,size);
    kiss_fftr(fft,(kiss_fft_scalar*)cpx_buf, out_cpx);
    kiss_fftri(ifft,out_cpx,(kiss_fft_scalar*)out );

    printf("Input:    tOutput:n");
	buf[i] = (out[i].r)/(size*2);

    return 0;


you can also calculate fft using the more common fftw libraries.