Defined in header <memory>
template< class InputIt, class Size, class NoThrowForwardIt >
std::pair<InputIt, NoThrowForwardIt>
    uninitialized_move_n( InputIt first, Size count, NoThrowForwardIt d_first );
(1) (since C++17)
template< class ExecutionPolicy, class ForwardIt, class Size, class NoThrowForwardIt >
std::pair<ForwardIt, NoThrowForwardIt>
    uninitialized_move_n( ExecutionPolicy&& policy, ForwardIt first, Size count,
                          NoThrowForwardIt d_first );
(2) (since C++17)
1) Moves count elements from a range beginning at first to an uninitialized memory area beginning at d_first as if by
for ( ; n > 0; ++d_first, (void) ++first, --n)
   ::new (/*VOIDIFY*/(*d_first))
      typename std::iterator_traits<NoThrowForwardIt>::value_type(std::move(*first));

where /*VOIDIFY*/(e) is:

static_cast<void*>(std::addressof(e)) (until C++20)
const_cast<void*>(static_cast<const volatile void*>(std::addressof(e))) (since C++20)
If an exception is thrown during the initialization, some objects in the source range are left in a valid but unspecified state, and the objects already constructed are destroyed in an unspecified order.
2) Same as (1), but executed according to policy. This overload does not participate in overload resolution unless std::is_execution_policy_v<std::decay_t<ExecutionPolicy>> (until C++20) std::is_execution_policy_v<std::remove_cvref_t<ExecutionPolicy>> (since C++20) is true.


first - the beginning of the range of the elements to move
d_first - the beginning of the destination range
count - the number of elements to move
policy - the execution policy to use. See execution policy for details.
Type requirements
-InputIt must meet the requirements of LegacyInputIterator.
-ForwardIt must meet the requirements of LegacyForwardIterator.
-NoThrowForwardIt must meet the requirements of LegacyForwardIterator.
-No increment, assignment, comparison, or indirection through valid instances of NoThrowForwardIt may throw exceptions.

Return value

A pair whose first element is an iterator to the element past the last element moved in the source range, and whose second element is an iterator to the element past the last element moved in the destination range.


Linear in count.


The overload with a template parameter named ExecutionPolicy reports errors as follows:

  • If execution of a function invoked as part of the algorithm throws an exception and ExecutionPolicy is one of the standard policies, std::terminate is called. For any other ExecutionPolicy, the behavior is implementation-defined.
  • If the algorithm fails to allocate memory, std::bad_alloc is thrown.

Possible implementation

template<class InputIt, class Size, class NoThrowForwardIt>
std::pair<InputIt, NoThrowForwardIt>
    uninitialized_move_n(InputIt first, Size count, NoThrowForwardIt d_first)
    using Value = typename std::iterator_traits<NoThrowForwardIt>::value_type;
    NoThrowForwardIt current = d_first;
    try {
        for (; count > 0; ++first, (void) ++current, --count) {
            ::new (const_cast<void*>(static_cast<const volatile void*>(
                std::addressof(*current)))) Value(std::move(*first));
    } catch (...) {
        std::destroy(d_first, current);
    return {first, current};


#include <cstdlib>
#include <iomanip>
#include <iostream>
#include <memory>
#include <string>
void print(auto rem, auto first, auto last) {
    for (std::cout << rem; first != last; ++first)
        std::cout << std::quoted(*first) << ' ';
    std::cout << '\n';
int main() {
    std::string in[] { "One", "Definition", "Rule" };
    print("initially, in: ", std::begin(in), std::end(in));
    if (
        constexpr auto sz = std::size(in);
        void* out = std::aligned_alloc(alignof(std::string), sizeof(std::string) * sz)
    ) {
        try {
            auto first {static_cast<std::string*>(out)};
            auto last {first + sz};
            std::uninitialized_move_n(std::begin(in), sz, first);
            print("after move, in: ", std::begin(in), std::end(in));
            print("after move, out: ", first, last);
            std::destroy(first, last);
        catch (...) {
            std::cout << "Exception!\n";

Possible output:

initially, in: "One" "Definition" "Rule" 
after move, in: "" "" "" 
after move, out: "One" "Definition" "Rule"

See also

moves a range of objects to an uninitialized area of memory
(function template)
copies a number of objects to an uninitialized area of memory
(function template)
moves a number of objects to an uninitialized area of memory

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