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C++ implementation of the Go (GoLang) Channel and Select structure

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C++ implementation of the Go (GoLang) Channel and Select structure in a modern C++ manner.

You will need a C++ compiler that has at least support for C++11 and part of C++14 (it might work on C++11 only but i didn't test).
I have already identified parts of the code that could use C++17 features, but some feature are not yet implemented in my compiler.

I also want to stabilize the code a bit more, do performance testing/ C++ version testing and organise the repo (when i do C++17 integration make a branch for each C++ version that i can support down to C++11 ... if it has all the features ... still not tested)

In the future i will try to bring each implementation closer to the Go implementation by respecting the API design and behavior.

Features list



Channel are simple and intuitive to use and interact like the Go channel type
Ther are two types of channel in go, the basic channel type and the buffered channel type

Channels are a typed conduit through which you can send and receive values.

  • Multi directional inserting operators overload (The data flows in the direction of the insertion/extraction operator.)
  • Multi directional extration operators overload (The data flows in the direction of the insertion/extraction operator.)
  • Basic stream operator overload
  • Channel to Channel inserting and extration
  • Chaining insertion and extraction
  • Iterators to work with C++ Range for loop (emulate the Go feature)

Unbuffered Channel

Unbuffered Channel only have 1 slot for data, so it's not exactly Unbuffered and as such does not behave like the Unbuffered Channel in Go that block until there's a sender and a receiver ready at the same time. (It will change in the future)

Chan<int> ch;
// inserting 
int i = 2;
ch << 1;
i >> ch;
// extracting
i << ch;
ch >> y

Buffered Channel

Buffered Channel are a type of channel that doesn't block unless the buffer is full.

Chan<int, 5> multi;

thread([&]() {
	multi << 1 << 2 << 3 << 4 << 5;
	this_thread::sleep_for(chrono::milliseconds(500)); // Give some time to process the data

for(auto& asd:multi)
	cout << asd << endl;


The C++ implementation of the Go Select statement

  • can have one or infinite Case block (infinite = until you connot compile it)
  • can have zero or one Default block (enforced in code)
  • support input in channel in Case block channel evaluation (feature seems to be working but might need a bit more attention)
  • random channel (Case) selection is now supported

Go exemple (from here) :

func fibonacci(c, quit chan int) {
	x, y := 0, 1
	for {
		select {
		case c <- x:
			x, y = y, x+y
		case <-quit:

func main() {
	c := make(chan int)
	quit := make(chan int)
	go func() {
		for i := 0; i < 10; i++ {
		quit <- 0
	fibonacci(c, quit)

C++ exemple implementation :

void fibonacci(Chan<int>& c, Chan<int>& quit)
	int x=0, y = 1;
	for (bool go = true; go;)
			Case{c << x,[&]()
				int t = x;
				x = y;
				y += t;
			Case{quit,[&](auto v) 
				cout << "quit" << endl;
				go = false;

int main()
	Chan<int> c;
	Chan<int> quit;

		for (size_t i = 0; i < 10; i++)
			cout << c << endl;
		quit << 0;
	fibonacci(c, quit);


Contains code to be executed when the channel that it's checking receive something.
It support sending to the channel it's checking but the feature might need to be rework because it doesn't behave like the Go implementation.


Execute it's code when no Case block had a channel that received data.
There can only be at most 1 Default block in a Select statement and it must be the last block (this is enforced in the code).


Function called on a Channel to close the stream.
Most of the time it's use to notify a Channel that is being iterated over in a Range for loop. It is in fact the only way to exit a Range for loop.


Is included, but doesn't work! DO NOT USE

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