Defined in header <algorithm>
template< class InputIt, class UnaryFunction >
UnaryFunction for_each( InputIt first, InputIt last, UnaryFunction f );
template< class ExecutionPolicy, class ForwardIt, class UnaryFunction2 >
void for_each( ExecutionPolicy&& policy, ForwardIt first, ForwardIt last, UnaryFunction2 f );
(2) (since C++17)
1) Applies the given function object f to the result of dereferencing every iterator in the range [first, last), in order.
2) Applies the given function object f to the result of dereferencing every iterator in the range [first, last) (not necessarily in order). The algorithm is executed according to policy. This overload does not participate in overload resolution unless std::is_execution_policy_v<std::decay_t<ExecutionPolicy>> is true.

For both overloads, if the iterator type is mutable, f may modify the elements of the range through the dereferenced iterator. If f returns a result, the result is ignored.

Unlike the rest of the algorithms, for_each is not allowed to make copies of the elements in the sequence even if they are trivially copyable.


first, last - the range to apply the function to
policy - the execution policy to use. See execution policy for details.
f - function object, to be applied to the result of dereferencing every iterator in the range [first, last)

The signature of the function should be equivalent to the following:

void fun(const Type &a);

The signature does not need to have const &.
The type Type must be such that an object of type InputIt can be dereferenced and then implicitly converted to Type.

Type requirements
-InputIt must meet the requirements of InputIterator.
-ForwardIt must meet the requirements of ForwardIterator.
-UnaryFunction must meet the requirements of MoveConstructible. Does not have to be CopyConstructible
-UnaryFunction2 must meet the requirements of CopyConstructible.

Return value

1) f (until C++11) std::move(f) (since C++11)
2) (nothing)


Exactly last - first applications of f.


The overload with a template parameter named ExecutionPolicy reports errors as follows:

  • If execution of a function invoked as part of the algorithm throws an exception and ExecutionPolicy is one of the three standard policies, std::terminate is called. For any other ExecutionPolicy, the behavior is implementation-defined.
  • If the algorithm fails to allocate memory, std::bad_alloc is thrown.

Possible implementation

template<class InputIt, class UnaryFunction>
UnaryFunction for_each(InputIt first, InputIt last, UnaryFunction f)
    for (; first != last; ++first) {
    return f;


The following example uses a lambda function to increment all of the elements of a vector and then uses an overloaded operator() in a functor to compute their sum:

#include <vector>
#include <algorithm>
#include <iostream>
struct Sum
    Sum(): sum{0} { }
    void operator()(int n) { sum += n; }
    int sum;
int main()
    std::vector<int> nums{3, 4, 2, 8, 15, 267};
    auto print = [](const int& n) { std::cout << " " << n; };
    std::cout << "before:";
    std::for_each(nums.begin(), nums.end(), print);
    std::cout << '\n';
    std::for_each(nums.begin(), nums.end(), [](int &n){ n++; });
    // calls Sum::operator() for each number
    Sum s = std::for_each(nums.begin(), nums.end(), Sum());
    std::cout << "after: ";
    std::for_each(nums.begin(), nums.end(), print);
    std::cout << '\n';
    std::cout << "sum: " << s.sum << '\n';


before: 3 4 2 8 15 267
after:  4 5 3 9 16 268
sum: 305

See also

applies a function to a range of elements
(function template)
range-for loop executes loop over range (since C++11)
applies a function object to the first n elements of a sequence
(function template)

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