Description [src]

struct GWeakRef {
  /* No available fields */

A structure containing a weak reference to a GObject.

A GWeakRef can either be empty (i.e. point to NULL), or point to an object for as long as at least one “strong” reference to that object exists. Before the object’s GObjectClass.dispose method is called, every GWeakRef associated with becomes empty (i.e. points to NULL).

Like GValue, GWeakRef can be statically allocated, stack- or heap-allocated, or embedded in larger structures.

Unlike g_object_weak_ref() and g_object_add_weak_pointer(), this weak reference is thread-safe: converting a weak pointer to a reference is atomic with respect to invalidation of weak pointers to destroyed objects.

If the object’s GObjectClass.dispose method results in additional references to the object being held, any GWeakRefs taken before it was disposed will continue to point to NULL. If GWeakRefs are taken after the object is disposed and re-referenced, they will continue to point to it until its refcount goes back to zero, at which point they too will be invalidated.

Instance methods


Frees resources associated with a non-statically-allocated GWeakRef. After this call, the GWeakRef is left in an undefined state.

Available since: 2.32


If weak_ref is not empty, atomically acquire a strong reference to the object it points to, and return that reference.

Available since: 2.32


Initialise a non-statically-allocated GWeakRef.

Available since: 2.32


Change the object to which weak_ref points, or set it to NULL.

Available since: 2.32