Creates a checked_array_iterator that can be used by other algorithms.


This function is a Microsoft extension of the Standard C++ Library. Code implemented by using this function is not portable to C++ Standard build environments that do not support this Microsoft extension.

template <class Iter>
      Iter Ptr,
      size_t Size,
      size_t Index = 0


A pointer to the destination array.


The size of the destination array.


Optional index into the array.

An instance of checked_array_iterator.

The make_checked_array_iterator function is defined in the stdext namespace.

This function takes a raw pointer—which would ordinarily cause concern about bounds overrun—and wraps it in a checked_array_iterator class that does checking. Because that class is marked as checked, the STL doesn't warn about it. For more information and code examples, see Checked Iterators.


In the following example, a vector is created and populated with 10 items. The contents of the vector are copied into an array by using the copy algorithm, and then make_checked_array_iterator is used to specify the destination. This is followed by an intentional violation of the bounds checking so that a debug assertion failure is triggered.

// make_checked_array_iterator.cpp
// compile with: /EHsc /W4 /MTd

#include <algorithm>
#include <iterator> // stdext::make_checked_array_iterator
#include <memory> // std::make_unique
#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
#include <string>

using namespace std;

template <typename C> void print(const string& s, const C& c) {
    cout << s;

    for (const auto& e : c) {
        cout << e << " ";

    cout << endl;

int main()
    const size_t dest_size = 10;
    // Old-school but not exception safe, favor make_unique<int[]>
    // int* dest = new int[dest_size];
    unique_ptr<int[]> updest = make_unique<int[]>(dest_size);
    int* dest = updest.get(); // get a raw pointer for the demo

    vector<int> v;

    for (int i = 0; i < dest_size; ++i) {
    print("vector v: ", v);

    copy(v.begin(), v.end(), stdext::make_checked_array_iterator(dest, dest_size));

    cout << "int array dest: ";
    for (int i = 0; i < dest_size; ++i) {
        cout << dest[i] << " ";
    cout << endl;

    // Add another element to the vector to force an overrun.
    // The next line causes a debug assertion when it executes.
    copy(v.begin(), v.end(), stdext::make_checked_array_iterator(dest, dest_size));

vector v: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
int array dest: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


Header: <iterator>

Namespace: stdext

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