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Difference between std::swap and std::vector::swap
  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 28 Sep, 2018

The std::swap function is used to swap two elements where as the std::vector::swap function can swap all elements of two different vector containers.

Below are some major key differences between std::swap and std::vector::swap,

std::swapstd::vector::swap
The std::swap() is a built-in function in C++ STL which swaps the value of any two variables passed to it as parameters.The std::vector::swap() function is used to swap the entire contents of one vector with another vector of same type and size.
The std::swap() is comparitively slower than std::vector::swap() function.The std::vector::swap() is comparitively faster than std::swap() function.
If std::swap() function is used for swapping two vectors, it will take O(n) time because it swaps the elements of two vector one by one.The std::vector::swap function is faster than the normal swap function as it swaps the addresses(i.e. the containers exchange references to their data) of two vectors rather than swapping each element one by one which is done in constant time O(1).

Program 1: To illustrate swapping of two vectors using std::swap().




// CPP program to illustrate swapping 
// of two vectors using std::swap()
  
#include<bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
int main()
{
    vector<int> v1 = {1, 2, 3};
    vector<int> v2 = {4, 5, 6};
      
    // swapping the above two vectors
    // by traversing and swapping each element
    for(int i=0; i<3; i++)
    {
        swap(v1[i], v2[i]);
    }
      
    // print vector v1
    cout<<"Vector v1 = ";
    for(int i=0; i<3; i++)
    {
        cout<<v1[i]<<" ";
    }
      
    // print vector v2
    cout<<"\nVector v2 = ";
    for(int i=0; i<3; i++)
    {
        cout<<v2[i]<<" ";
    }
      
    return 0;
}
Output:
Vector v1 = 4 5 6 
Vector v2 = 1 2 3

Program 2: To illustrate swapping of two vectors using std::vector::swap().




// CPP program to illustrate swapping 
// of two vectors using std::vector::swap()
  
#include<bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;
  
int main()
{
    vector<int> v1 = {1, 2, 3};
    vector<int> v2 = {4, 5, 6};
      
    // swapping the above two vectors
    // using std::vector::swap
    v1.swap(v2);
      
    // print vector v1
    cout<<"Vector v1 = ";
    for(int i=0; i<3; i++)
    {
        cout<<v1[i]<<" ";
    }
      
    // print vector v2
    cout<<"\nVector v2 = ";
    for(int i=0; i<3; i++)
    {
        cout<<v2[i]<<" ";
    }
      
    return 0;
}
Output:
Vector v1 = 4 5 6 
Vector v2 = 1 2 3
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