Converting between C++ std::vector and C array without copying

You can get a pointer to the first element as follows:

int* pv = &v[0];

This pointer is only valid as long as the vector is not reallocated. Reallocation happens automatically if you insert more elements than will fit in the vector’s remaining capacity (that is, if v.size() + NumberOfNewElements > v.capacity(). You can use v.reserve(NewCapacity) to ensure the vector has a capacity of at least NewCapacity.

Also remember that when the vector gets destroyed, the underlying array gets deleted as well.

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