< cpp‎ | memory‎ | shared ptr
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T* get() const noexcept;
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element_type* get() const noexcept;
(since C++17)

Returns the stored pointer.


[edit] Parameters


[edit] Return value

The stored pointer.

[edit] Notes

A shared_ptr may share ownership of an object while storing a pointer to another object. get() returns the stored pointer, not the managed pointer.

[edit] Example

#include <iostream>
#include <memory>
#include <string_view>
int main()
    auto output = [](std::string_view msg, int const* pInt) {
        std::cout << msg << *pInt << " in " << pInt << "\n";
    int* pInt = new int(42);
    std::shared_ptr<int> pShared = std::make_shared<int>(42);
    output("Naked pointer ", pInt);
//  output("Shared pointer ", pShared); // compiler error
    output("Shared pointer with get() ", pShared.get());
    delete pInt;
    std::cout << "\nThe shared_ptr's aliasing constructor demo.\n";
    struct Base1 { int i1{}; };
    struct Base2 { int i2{}; };
    struct Derived : Base1, Base2 { int i3{}; };
    std::shared_ptr<Derived> p(new Derived());
    std::shared_ptr<Base2> q(p, static_cast<Base2*>(p.get()));
    std::cout << "q shares ownership with p, but points to Base2 subobject:\n"
              << "p.get(): " << p.get() << '\n'
              << "q.get(): " << q.get() << '\n'
              << "&(p->i1): " << &(p->i1) << '\n'
              << "&(p->i2): " << &(p->i2) << '\n'
              << "&(p->i3): " << &(p->i3) << '\n'
              << "&(q->i2): " << &(q->i2) << '\n';

Possible output:

Naked pointer 42 in 0xacac20
Shared pointer with get() 42 in 0xacac50
The shared_ptr's aliasing constructor demo.
q shares ownership with p, but points to Base2 subobject:
p.get(): 0xacac20
q.get(): 0xacac24
&(p->i1): 0xacac20
&(p->i2): 0xacac24
&(p->i3): 0xacac28
&(q->i2): 0xacac24

[edit] See also

dereferences the stored pointer
(public member function) [edit]