Introduction to Queues and std::queue

Using std::queue as a Message Buffer

How can I use std::queue as a message buffer for communication between threads or processes?

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std::queue can be used as a message buffer to facilitate communication between threads or processes. By leveraging the FIFO (First-In-First-Out) nature of queues, you can create a messaging system where one thread or process enqueues messages into the queue, and another thread or process dequeues and processes those messages.

Here's an example of how you can use std::queue as a message buffer for inter-thread communication:

#include <condition_variable>
#include <iostream>
#include <mutex>
#include <queue>
#include <thread>

std::queue<std::string> messageQueue;
std::mutex queueMutex;
std::condition_variable queueCondVar;

void producerThread() {
  std::string messages[] = {
    "Hello", "World", "!", "Message", "Buffer"};

  for (const std::string& message : messages) {
    std::unique_lock<std::mutex> lock(queueMutex);
    std::cout << "Produced message: "
      << message << std::endl;

void consumerThread() {
  while (true) {
    std::unique_lock<std::mutex> lock(queueMutex);
    queueCondVar.wait(lock, [] {
      return !messageQueue.empty(); });

    std::string message = messageQueue.front();
    std::cout << "Consumed message: "
      << message << std::endl;

    if (message == "Buffer") {

int main() {
  std::thread producer(producerThread);
  std::thread consumer(consumerThread);

Produced message: Hello
Consumed message: Hello
Produced message: World
Consumed message: World
Produced message: !
Consumed message: !
Produced message: Message
Consumed message: Message
Produced message: Buffer
Consumed message: Buffer

In this example, we have a producerThread that enqueues messages into the messageQueue and a consumerThread that dequeues and processes the messages from the queue.

The producerThread iterates over an array of messages and enqueues each message into the messageQueue. It uses a std::unique_lock to acquire a lock on the queueMutex before pushing the message into the queue. After pushing the message, it unlocks the mutex and notifies the consumerThread using queueCondVar.notify_one().

The consumerThread runs in a loop and waits for messages to be available in the messageQueue. It uses queueCondVar.wait with a predicate to block until the queue is not empty. Once a message is available, it dequeues the message from the queue, processes it, and checks if it is the last message ("Buffer" in this case) to break the loop.

The queueMutex is used to synchronize access to the messageQueue, ensuring that only one thread can modify the queue at a time. The queueCondVar is used for signaling between the threads, allowing the consumerThread to wait until a message is available in the queue.

By running the producerThread and consumerThread concurrently, messages can be passed between the threads using the messageQueue as a message buffer.

This is just a simple example, but you can extend this concept to create more complex messaging systems using std::queue. You can enqueue different types of messages, have multiple producers and consumers, and incorporate additional synchronization mechanisms as needed.

When using std::queue as a message buffer, it's important to ensure proper synchronization and avoid common pitfalls such as race conditions and deadlocks. Make sure to carefully design your synchronization logic and handle any exceptional situations that may arise during message passing.

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