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 (‘re-referencing’), any GWeakRefs taken before it was disposed will continue to point to NULL. Any GWeakRefs taken during disposal and after re-referencing, or after disposal has returned due to the re-referencing, will continue to point to the object until its refcount goes back to zero, at which point they too will be invalidated.

It is invalid to take a GWeakRef on an object during GObjectClass.dispose without first having or creating a strong reference to the object.

Instance methods


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

since: 2.32


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

since: 2.32


Initialise a non-statically-allocated GWeakRef.

since: 2.32


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

since: 2.32