Defined in header <iterator>
template< class CharT, class Traits = std::char_traits<CharT> >
class ostreambuf_iterator : public std::iterator<std::output_iterator_tag,
                                                 void, void, void, void>
(until C++17)
template< class CharT, class Traits = std::char_traits<CharT> >
class ostreambuf_iterator;
(since C++17)

std::ostreambuf_iterator is a single-pass LegacyOutputIterator that writes successive characters into the std::basic_streambuf object for which it was constructed. The actual write operation is performed when the iterator (whether dereferenced or not) is assigned to. Incrementing the std::ostreambuf_iterator is a no-op.

In a typical implementation, the only data members of std::ostreambuf_iterator are a pointer to the associated std::basic_streambuf and a boolean flag indicating if the end of file condition has been reached.

Member types

Member type Definition
iterator_category std::output_iterator_tag
value_type void


(until C++20)


(since C++20)
pointer void
reference void
char_type CharT
traits_type Traits
streambuf_type std::basic_streambuf<CharT, Traits>
ostream_type std::basic_ostream<CharT, Traits>

Member types iterator_category, value_type, difference_type, pointer and reference are required to be obtained by inheriting from std::iterator<std::output_iterator_tag, void, void, void, void>.

(until C++17)

Member functions

constructs a new ostreambuf_iterator
(public member function)
(implicitly declared)
destructs an ostreambuf_iterator
(public member function)
writes a character to the associated output sequence
(public member function)
(public member function)
(public member function)
tests if output failed
(public member function)


#include <string>
#include <algorithm>
#include <iterator>
#include <iostream>
int main()
    std::string s = "This is an example\n";
    std::copy(s.begin(), s.end(), std::ostreambuf_iterator<char>(std::cout));


This is an example

See also

input iterator that reads from std::basic_streambuf
(class template)
output iterator that writes to std::basic_ostream
(class template)

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