Keyed Data Lists

Keyed data lists provide lists of arbitrary data elements which can be accessed either with a string or with a GQuark corresponding to the string.

The GQuark methods are quicker, since the strings have to be converted to GQuarks anyway.

Data lists are used for associating arbitrary data with GObjects, using g_object_set_data() and related functions. The data is stored inside opaque GData elements.

To create a datalist, use g_datalist_init().

To add data elements to a datalist use g_datalist_id_set_data(), g_datalist_id_set_data_full(), g_datalist_set_data(), g_datalist_set_data_full() and g_datalist_id_replace_data().

To get data elements from a datalist use g_datalist_id_get_data(), g_datalist_get_data() and g_datalist_id_dup_data().

To iterate over all data elements in a datalist use g_datalist_foreach() (not thread-safe).

To remove data elements from a datalist use g_datalist_id_remove_data(), g_datalist_remove_data() and g_datalist_id_remove_multiple(). To remove elements without destroying them, use g_datalist_id_remove_no_notify() and g_datalist_remove_no_notify().

To remove all data elements from a datalist, use g_datalist_clear().

A small number of boolean flags can be stored alongside a datalist, using g_datalist_set_flags(), g_datalist_unset_flags() and g_datalist_get_flags().


Datasets associate groups of data elements with particular memory locations. These are useful if you need to associate data with a structure returned from an external library. Since you cannot modify the structure, you use its location in memory as the key into a dataset, where you can associate any number of data elements with it.

There are two forms of most of the dataset functions. The first form uses strings to identify the data elements associated with a location. The second form uses GQuark identifiers, which are created with a call to g_quark_from_string() or g_quark_from_static_string(). The second form is quicker, since it does not require looking up the string in the hash table of GQuark identifiers.

There is no function to create a dataset. It is automatically created as soon as you add elements to it.

To add data elements to a dataset use g_dataset_id_set_data(), g_dataset_id_set_data_full(), g_dataset_set_data() and g_dataset_set_data_full().

To get data elements from a dataset use g_dataset_id_get_data() and g_dataset_get_data().

To iterate over all data elements in a dataset use g_dataset_foreach() (not thread-safe).

To remove data elements from a dataset use g_dataset_id_remove_data() and g_dataset_remove_data(). To remove data without destroying it, use g_dataset_id_remove_no_notify() and g_dataset_remove_no_notify().

To destroy a dataset, use g_dataset_destroy().