Saturday, May 31, 2008

What is placement new in C++?

  • In some scenarios it becomes necessary to place objects at specified locations in memory. Placement new solves this problem.
  • For example, there could be predefined memory pools in which certain objects need to be placed on creation.
  • Placement new is achieved by overloading the new operator which takes more than one argument apart from the default size_t argument.

Demonstrate the usage of placement new

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

class MyClass {

    // Placement new operator
    void* operator new (size_t sz, void* v) {
        cout << "Placement new invoked" << endl;
        return v;

    ~MyClass() {
        // Cleanup

int main()
    // Create a buffer to store the object
    int buffer[16];
    cout << "Starting address of my buffer = " << &buffer << endl;

    // Create the object. Use placement new
    MyClass* obj = new (buffer) MyClass();
    cout << "Location of my object = " << obj << endl;

    // Don't delete object created with placement delete
    // Call the destructor explicitly
Starting address of my buffer = 0012FF4C
Placement new invoked
Location of my object = 0012FF4C

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