< cpp‎ | utility‎ | pair
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Defined in header <utility>
template< class T1, class T2 >
std::pair<T1, T2> make_pair( T1 t, T2 u );
(until C++11)
template< class T1, class T2 >
std::pair<V1, V2> make_pair( T1&& t, T2&& u );
(since C++11)
(constexpr since C++14)

Creates a std::pair object, deducing the target type from the types of arguments.

The deduced types V1 and V2 are std::decay<T1>::type and std::decay<T2>::type (the usual type transformations applied to arguments of functions passed by value) unless application of std::decay results in std::reference_wrapper<X> for some type X, in which case the deduced type is X&.

(since C++11)


[edit] Parameters

t, u - the values to construct the pair from

[edit] Return value

A std::pair object containing the given values.

[edit] Example

#include <functional>
#include <iostream>
#include <utility>
int main()
    int n = 1;
    int a[5] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5};
    // build a pair from two ints
    auto p1 = std::make_pair(n, a[1]);
    std::cout << "The value of p1 is "
              << '(' << p1.first << ", " << p1.second << ")\n";
    // build a pair from a reference to int and an array (decayed to pointer)
    auto p2 = std::make_pair(std::ref(n), a);
    n = 7;
    std::cout << "The value of p2 is "
              << '(' << p2.first << ", " << *(p2.second + 2) << ")\n";


The value of p1 is (1, 2)
The value of p2 is (7, 3)

[edit] Defect reports

The following behavior-changing defect reports were applied retroactively to previously published C++ standards.

DR Applied to Behavior as published Correct behavior
LWG 181 C++98 the parameter types were const-reference
types, which made passing arrays impossible
changed these
types to value types