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Defined in header <iterator>
template< class Container >

class back_insert_iterator : public std::iterator< std::output_iterator_tag,

                                                   void, void, void, void >
(until C++17)
template< class Container >
class back_insert_iterator;
(since C++17)

std::back_insert_iterator is an LegacyOutputIterator that appends to a container for which it was constructed. The container's push_back() member function is called whenever the iterator (whether dereferenced or not) is assigned to. Incrementing the std::back_insert_iterator is a no-op.


[edit] Member types

Member type Definition
iterator_category std::output_iterator_tag
value_type void
difference_type void
pointer void
reference void
container_type Container

Member types iterator_category, value_type, difference_type, pointer and reference are required to be obtained by inheriting from std::iterator<std::output_iterator_tag, void, void, void, void>.

(until C++17)

[edit] Member functions

constructs a new back_insert_iterator
(public member function) [edit]
inserts an object into the associated container
(public member function) [edit]
(public member function) [edit]
(public member function) [edit]

[edit] Member objects

Member name Definition
container (protected) a pointer of type Container*

[edit] Example

#include <iostream>
#include <iterator>
#include <algorithm>
#include <vector>
int main()
    std::vector<int> v;
    std::generate_n(std::back_insert_iterator<std::vector<int>>(v), // can be simplified
                    10, [n=0]() mutable { return ++n; });        // with std::back_inserter
    for (int n : v)
        std::cout << n << ' ';
    std::cout << '\n';


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[edit] See also

creates a std::back_insert_iterator of type inferred from the argument
(function template) [edit]
iterator adaptor for insertion at the front of a container
(class template) [edit]
iterator adaptor for insertion into a container
(class template) [edit]