< cpp‎ | utility‎ | any
Utilities library
Language support
Type support (basic types, RTTI)
Library feature-test macros (C++20)
Dynamic memory management
Program utilities
Coroutine support (C++20)
Variadic functions
Debugging support
Three-way comparison
General utilities
Date and time
Function objects
Formatting library (C++20)
Relational operators (deprecated in C++20)
Integer comparison functions
Swap and type operations
Common vocabulary types
Elementary string conversions

Defined in header <any>
template< class T, class... Args >
std::any make_any( Args&&... args );
(1) (since C++17)
template< class T, class U, class... Args >
std::any make_any( std::initializer_list<U> il, Args&&... args );
(2) (since C++17)

Constructs an any object containing an object of type T, passing the provided arguments to T's constructor.

1) Equivalent to return std::any(std::in_place_type<T>, std::forward<Args>(args)...);
2) Equivalent to return std::any(std::in_place_type<T>, il, std::forward<Args>(args)...);

[edit] Example

#include <any>
#include <complex>
#include <functional>
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
int main()
    auto a0 = std::make_any<std::string>("Hello, std::any!\n");
    auto a1 = std::make_any<std::complex<double>>(0.1, 2.3);
    std::cout << std::any_cast<std::string&>(a0);
    std::cout << std::any_cast<std::complex<double>&>(a1) << '\n';
    using lambda = std::function<void(void)>;
    // Put a lambda into std::any. Attempt #1 (failed).
    std::any a2 = [] { std::cout << "Lambda #1.\n"; };
    std::cout << "a2.type() = \"" << a2.type().name() << "\"\n";
    // any_cast casts to <void(void)> but actual type is not
    // a std::function..., but ~ main::{lambda()#1}, and it is
    // unique for each lambda. So, this throws...
    catch (std::bad_any_cast const& ex)
        std::cout << ex.what() << '\n';
    // Put a lambda into std::any. Attempt #2 (successful).
    auto a3 = std::make_any<lambda>([] { std::cout << "Lambda #2.\n"; });
    std::cout << "a3.type() = \"" << a3.type().name() << "\"\n";

Possible output:

Hello, std::any!
a2.type() = "Z4mainEUlvE_"
bad any_cast
a3.type() = "St8functionIFvvEE"
Lambda #2.

[edit] See also

constructs an any object
(public member function) [edit]
type-safe access to the contained object
(function template) [edit]