< cpp‎ | container‎ | map

template< class... Args >
std::pair<iterator,bool> emplace( Args&&... args );
(since C++11)

Inserts a new element into the container constructed in-place with the given args if there is no element with the key in the container.

Careful use of emplace allows the new element to be constructed while avoiding unnecessary copy or move operations. The constructor of the new element (i.e. std::pair<const Key, T>) is called with exactly the same arguments as supplied to emplace, forwarded via std::forward<Args>(args).... The element may be constructed even if there already is an element with the key in the container, in which case the newly constructed element will be destroyed immediately.

No iterators or references are invalidated.


args - arguments to forward to the constructor of the element

Return value

Returns a pair consisting of an iterator to the inserted element, or the already-existing element if no insertion happened, and a bool denoting whether the insertion took place. True for Insertion, False for No Insertion.


If an exception is thrown by any operation, this function has no effect.


Logarithmic in the size of the container.


#include <iostream>
#include <utility>
#include <string>
#include <map>
int main()
    std::map<std::string, std::string> m;
    // uses pair's move constructor
    m.emplace(std::make_pair(std::string("a"), std::string("a")));
    // uses pair's converting move constructor
    m.emplace(std::make_pair("b", "abcd"));
    // uses pair's template constructor
    m.emplace("d", "ddd");
    // uses pair's piecewise constructor
              std::forward_as_tuple(10, 'c'));
    // as of C++17, m.try_emplace("c", 10, 'c'); can be used
    for (const auto &p : m) {
        std::cout << p.first << " => " << p.second << '\n';


a => a
b => abcd
c => cccccccccc
d => ddd

See also

constructs elements in-place using a hint
(public member function)
inserts in-place if the key does not exist, does nothing if the key exists
(public member function)
inserts elements or nodes (since C++17)
(public member function)