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Using QVector<> as std::vector<> without duplicating the data

  • Howdy!

    I'm working with a C++ library that takes a pointer to std::vector<double> and iterates over it, potentially reading millions of values. However, I also plot that data using QCustomPlot, which handles huge data sets quite nicely.

    The lib wants a std::vector<double>, QCustomPlot wants a QVector<double>. Is there a way to keep them both happy without duplicating the data into two vectors? The copy is fast, it just feels like a waste of memory.

  • Qt Champions 2017

    Nothing exist like that. If contents are address variable it would have saved something

  • Lifetime Qt Champion

    I assume you are using
    ( its still copy. just as in contrast to using a loop)

  • Lifetime Qt Champion


    fromStdVector copies the data.

    From a quick look at QCustomPlot (and really just a look), one solution that doesn't seem unreasonable is to modify the sources from QCustomPlot to use std::vector in place of QVector to handle your data.

  • Got it, thanks for these answers. Modifying one library or the other seems like a good solution.

  • Qt Champions 2017

    Well, there's also an alternative to modifying the QCustomPlot sources, but it comes with a disclaimer. Consider this specialization:

    class MyType; //< Whatever your type is
    template <>
    static inline QVector<MyType> QVector<MyType>::fromStdVector(const std::vector<MyType> & vector)
        QVector<MyType> tmp;
        tmp.d = QTypedArrayData<MyType>::fromRawData(, vector.size(), Unsharable);
        return tmp;

    Here goes the disclaimer:

    1. I haven't tested that, it's hacking into Qt's internals, so use at your own discretion.
    2. You have to ensure the std::vector instance will not go out of scope while any one QVector instance holds reference to the data

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