Feature Test Macros


Libc++ implements the C++ feature test macros as specified in the C++20 standard, and before that in non-normative guiding documents (See cppreference)


Feature test macros are tricky to track, implement, test, and document correctly. They must be available from a list of headers, they may have different values in different dialects, and they may or may not be implemented by libc++. In order to track all of these conditions correctly and easily, we want a Single Source of Truth (SSoT) that defines each feature test macro, its values, the headers it lives in, and whether or not is is implemented by libc++. From this SSoA we have enough information to automatically generate the <version> header, the tests, and the documentation.

Therefore we maintain a SSoA in libcxx/utils/generate_feature_test_macro_components.py which doubles as a script to generate the following components:

  • The <version> header.

  • The version tests under support.limits.general.

  • Documentation of libc++’s implementation of each macro.


The generate_feature_test_macro_components.py script is used to track and update feature test macros in libc++.

Whenever a feature test macro is added or changed, the table should be updated and the script should be re-ran. The script will clobber the existing test files, the documentation and the <version> header.