Working with String Views

std::string_view: Benefits over C-Style Strings

What are the benefits of using std::string_view over raw C-style strings?

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std::string_view offers several benefits over raw C-style strings, enhancing both performance and safety in C++ applications.

Improved Safety

std::string_view eliminates common errors associated with C-style strings, such as buffer overflows and dangling pointers.

Since std::string_view manages its own length, it avoids reading past the end of the string:

#include <iostream>
#include <string_view>

void print_length(std::string_view sv) {
  std::cout << "Length: " << sv.size() << "\n";

int main() {
  const char* c_str = "Hello, World!";

  // Safe with std::string_view
Length: 13


std::string_view avoids copying data, offering better performance, especially with large strings. It provides a read-only view without duplicating the string:

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <string_view>

void print(std::string_view sv) {
  std::cout << sv << "\n";

int main() {
  std::string str{"Hello, World!"};
  print(str);  // No copy made
Hello, World!


std::string_view works seamlessly with the C++ Standard Library, allowing easy integration with modern C++ features and algorithms:

#include <iostream>
#include <algorithm>
#include <string_view>
#include <vector>

int main() {
  std::vector<std::string_view> words{
    "hello", "world", "cpp"

  auto it = std::find(
    words.begin(), words.end(), "world"

  if (it != words.end()) {
    std::cout << "Found: " << *it << "\n";
Found: world

Consistent Interface

std::string_view provides a consistent interface for string manipulation. It supports a range of methods like find(), substr(), and starts_with(), making string handling more intuitive:

#include <iostream>
#include <string_view>

int main() {
  std::string_view sv{"Hello, World!"};

  if (sv.starts_with("Hello")) {
    std::cout << "Starts with 'Hello'";
Starts with 'Hello'


std::string_view offers significant advantages over raw C-style strings, including improved safety, better performance, seamless interoperability with modern C++, and a consistent, intuitive interface for string manipulation.

Adopting std::string_view in your C++ code can lead to safer and more efficient string handling.

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