Movement Algorithms

Using std::ranges::move() with Containers

Can std::ranges::move() be used with different types of containers, such as std::deque or std::list?

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Yes, std::ranges::move() can be used with various types of containers, including std::deque and std::list, in addition to std::vector.

The std::ranges::move() algorithm works with any container that supports iterators, making it quite versatile.

Example with std::deque

Let's see an example with std::deque:

#include <algorithm>
#include <deque>
#include <iostream>

int main() {
  std::deque<int> source{1, 2, 3};
  std::deque<int> destination{0, 0, 0};

  std::ranges::move(source, destination.begin());

  for (const auto& value : destination) {
    std::cout << value << " ";
1 2 3

Example with std::list

Now, let's look at an example with std::list:

#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
#include <list>

int main() {
  std::list<int> source{4, 5, 6};
  std::list<int> destination{0, 0, 0};

  std::ranges::move(source, destination.begin());

  for (const auto& value : destination) {
    std::cout << value << " ";
4 5 6

Using with Other Containers

The std::ranges::move() function can be applied to any container that provides iterator support.

This includes standard containers like std::vector, std::deque, std::list, and even custom containers, provided they follow the iterator conventions.


  • std::vector: Works well with contiguous memory. Great for performance.
  • std::deque: Suitable for double-ended queue operations. Non-contiguous memory.
  • std::list: Best for frequent insertions and deletions. Doubly-linked list structure.


When using std::ranges::move(), ensure that the destination container has enough space to accommodate the elements being moved.

If the destination range is not large enough, you might end up with incomplete moves or undefined behavior.


std::ranges::move() is a flexible algorithm that can be used with different container types like std::deque and std::list.

By leveraging the iterator support these containers offer, you can efficiently move elements between them, making your C++ code more versatile and powerful.

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