std::placeholders::_1, std::placeholders::_2, ..., std::placeholders::_N

Defined in header <functional>
/*see below*/ _1;
/*see below*/ _2;
/*see below*/ _N;

The std::placeholders namespace contains the placeholder objects [_1, . . . _N] where N is an implementation defined maximum number.

When used as an argument in a std::bind expression, the placeholder objects are stored in the generated function object, and when that function object is invoked with unbound arguments, each placeholder _N is replaced by the corresponding Nth unbound argument.

Each placeholder is declared as if by extern /*unspecified*/ _1;

(until C++17)

Implementations are encouraged to declare the placeholders as if by inline constexpr /*unspecified*/ _1;, although declaring them by extern /*unspecified*/ _1; is still allowed by the standard.

(since C++17)

The types of the placeholder objects are DefaultConstructible and CopyConstructible, their default copy/move constructors do not throw exceptions, and for any placeholder _N, the type std::is_placeholder<decltype(_N)> is defined and is derived from std::integral_constant<int, N>.


The following code shows the creation of function objects with a placeholder argument.

#include <functional>
#include <string>
#include <iostream>
void goodbye(const std::string& s)
    std::cout << "Goodbye " << s << '\n';
class Object {
    void hello(const std::string& s)
        std::cout << "Hello " << s << '\n';
int main()
    typedef std::function<void(const std::string&)> ExampleFunction;
    Object instance;
    std::string str("World");
    ExampleFunction f = std::bind(&Object::hello, &instance, 
    // equivalent to instance.hello(str)
    f = std::bind(&goodbye, std::placeholders::_1);
    // equivalent to goodbye(str)
    return 0;


Hello World
Goodbye World

See also

binds one or more arguments to a function object
(function template)
indicates that an object is a standard placeholder or can be used as one
(class template)
placeholder to skip an element when unpacking a tuple using tie

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