Defined in header <memory>
Call signature
template< no-throw-input-iterator I >
    requires std::destructible<std::iter_value_t<I>>
constexpr I destroy_n( I first, std::iter_difference_t<I> n ) noexcept;
(since C++20)

Destroys the n objects in the range starting at first, equivalent to.

return std::ranges::destroy(std::counted_iterator(first, n), std::default_sentinel).base();

The function-like entities described on this page are niebloids, that is:

In practice, they may be implemented as function objects, or with special compiler extensions.


first - the beginning of the range of elements to destroy
n - the number of elements to destroy

Return value

The end of the range of objects that has been destroyed.


Linear in n.

Possible implementation

struct destroy_n_fn
    template<no-throw-input-iterator I>
        requires std::destructible<std::iter_value_t<I>>
    constexpr I operator()(I first, std::iter_difference_t<I> n) const noexcept
        for (; n != 0; (void)++first, --n)
        return first;
inline constexpr destroy_n_fn destroy_n{};


The following example demonstrates how to use ranges::destroy_n to destroy a contiguous sequence of elements.

#include <iostream>
#include <memory>
#include <new>
struct Tracer
    int value;
    ~Tracer() { std::cout << value << " destructed\n"; }
int main()
    alignas(Tracer) unsigned char buffer[sizeof(Tracer) * 8];
    for (int i = 0; i < 8; ++i)
        new(buffer + sizeof(Tracer) * i) Tracer{i}; //manually construct objects
    auto ptr = std::launder(reinterpret_cast<Tracer*>(buffer));
    std::ranges::destroy_n(ptr, 8);


0 destructed
1 destructed
2 destructed
3 destructed
4 destructed
5 destructed
6 destructed
7 destructed

See also

destroys an object at a given address
destroys a range of objects
destroys a number of objects in a range
(function template)

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