since: 2.32


struct GBytes {
  /* No available fields */

A simple refcounted data type representing an immutable sequence of zero or more bytes from an unspecified origin.

The purpose of a GBytes is to keep the memory region that it holds alive for as long as anyone holds a reference to the bytes. When the last reference count is dropped, the memory is released. Multiple unrelated callers can use byte data in the GBytes without coordinating their activities, resting assured that the byte data will not change or move while they hold a reference.

A GBytes can come from many different origins that may have different procedures for freeing the memory region. Examples are memory from g_malloc(), from memory slices, from a GMappedFile or memory from other allocators.

GBytes work well as keys in GHashTable. Use g_bytes_equal() and g_bytes_hash() as parameters to g_hash_table_new() or g_hash_table_new_full(). GBytes can also be used as keys in a GTree by passing the g_bytes_compare() function to g_tree_new().

The data pointed to by this bytes must not be modified. For a mutable array of bytes see GByteArray. Use g_bytes_unref_to_array() to create a mutable array for a GBytes sequence. To create an immutable GBytes from a mutable GByteArray, use the g_byte_array_free_to_bytes() function.

Available since: 2.32



Creates a new GBytes from data.

since: 2.32


Creates a new GBytes from static data.

since: 2.32


Creates a new GBytes from data.

since: 2.32


Creates a GBytes from data.

since: 2.32

Instance methods


Compares the two GBytes values.

since: 2.32


Compares the two GBytes values being pointed to and returns TRUE if they are equal.

since: 2.32


Get the byte data in the GBytes. This data should not be modified.

since: 2.32


Gets a pointer to a region in bytes.

since: 2.70


Get the size of the byte data in the GBytes.

since: 2.32


Creates an integer hash code for the byte data in the GBytes.

since: 2.32


Creates a GBytes which is a subsection of another GBytes. The offset + length may not be longer than the size of bytes.

since: 2.32


Increase the reference count on bytes.

since: 2.32


Releases a reference on bytes. This may result in the bytes being freed. If bytes is NULL, it will return immediately.

since: 2.32


Unreferences the bytes, and returns a new mutable GByteArray containing the same byte data.

since: 2.32


Unreferences the bytes, and returns a pointer the same byte data contents.

since: 2.32