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template< class... Args >
std::pair<iterator,bool> emplace( Args&&... args );
(since C++11)

Inserts a new element into the container by constructing it in-place with the given args if there is no element with the key in the container.

Careful use of emplace allows the new element to be constructed while avoiding unnecessary copy or move operations. The constructor of the new element (i.e. std::pair<const Key, T>) is called with exactly the same arguments as supplied to emplace, forwarded via std::forward<Args>(args)....

No iterators or references are invalidated.


[edit] Parameters

args - arguments to forward to the constructor of the element

[edit] Return value

Returns a pair consisting of an iterator to the inserted element, or the already-existing element if no insertion happened, and a bool denoting whether the insertion took place.

[edit] Exceptions

If an exception is thrown by any operation, this function has no effect.

[edit] Complexity

Logarithmic in the size of the container.

[edit] Example

#include <iostream>
#include <utility>
#include <string>
#include <map>
int main()
    std::map<std::string, std::string> m;
    // uses pair's move constructor
    m.emplace(std::make_pair(std::string("a"), std::string("a")));
    // uses pair's converting move constructor
    m.emplace(std::make_pair("b", "abcd"));
    // uses pair's template constructor
    m.emplace("d", "ddd");
    // uses pair's piecewise constructor
              std::forward_as_tuple(10, 'c'));
    for (const auto &p : m) {
        std::cout << p.first << " => " << p.second << '\n';


a => a
b => abcd
c => cccccccccc
d => ddd

[edit] See also

constructs elements in-place using a hint
(public member function) [edit]
inserts elements
(public member function) [edit]