Status of Experimental C++11 Support in GCC 4.8

GCC provides experimental support for the 2011 ISO C++ standard. This support can be enabled with the -std=c++11 or -std=gnu++11 compiler options; the former disables GNU extensions.

As of GCC 4.8.1, GCC's C++11 mode implements all of the major features of the C++11 standard produced by the ISO C++ committee. The standard is available from various national standards bodies; working papers from before the release of the standard are available on the ISO C++ committee's web site at Since this standard has only recently been completed, the feature set provided by the experimental C++11 mode may vary greatly from one GCC version to another. No attempts will be made to preserve backward compatibility with C++11 features whose semantics have changed during the course of C++11 standardization.

The following table lists which C++11 features are supported in this release of GCC. For more information about C++11 support in GCC, please see the C++11 in GCC project page.

Language Feature Proposal Available in GCC 4.8?
Rvalue references N2118 Yes
    Rvalue references for *this N2439 4.8.1
Initialization of class objects by rvalues N1610 Yes
Non-static data member initializers N2756 Yes
Variadic templates N2242 Yes
    Extending variadic template template parameters N2555 Yes
Initializer lists N2672 Yes
Static assertions N1720 Yes
auto-typed variables N1984 Yes
    Multi-declarator auto N1737 Yes
    Removal of auto as a storage-class specifier N2546 Yes
    New function declarator syntax N2541 Yes
New wording for C++11 lambdas N2927 Yes
Declared type of an expression N2343 Yes
    decltype and call expressions N3276 4.8.1
Right angle brackets N1757 Yes
Default template arguments for function templates DR226 Yes
Solving the SFINAE problem for expressions DR339 Yes
Template aliases N2258 Yes
Extern templates N1987 Yes
Null pointer constant N2431 Yes
Strongly-typed enums N2347 Yes
Forward declarations for enums N2764 Yes
Generalized attributes N2761 Yes
Generalized constant expressions N2235 Yes
Alignment support N2341 Yes
Delegating constructors N1986 Yes
Inheriting constructors N2540 Yes
Explicit conversion operators N2437 Yes
New character types N2249 Yes
Unicode string literals N2442 Yes
Raw string literals N2442 Yes
Universal character name literals N2170 Yes
User-defined literals N2765 Yes
Standard Layout Types N2342 Yes
Defaulted and deleted functions N2346 Yes
Extended friend declarations N1791 Yes
Extending sizeof N2253 Yes
Inline namespaces N2535 Yes
Unrestricted unions N2544 Yes
Local and unnamed types as template arguments N2657 Yes
Range-based for N2930 Yes
Explicit virtual overrides N2928 Yes
Minimal support for garbage collection and reachability-based leak detection N2670 No
Allowing move constructors to throw [noexcept] N3050 Yes (core language only)
Defining move special member functions N3053 Yes
Sequence points N2239 Yes
Atomic operations N2427 Yes
Strong Compare and Exchange N2748 Yes
Bidirectional Fences N2752 Yes
Memory model N2429 Yes
Data-dependency ordering: atomics and memory model N2664 Yes
Propagating exceptions N2179 Yes
Abandoning a process and at_quick_exit N2440 Yes
Allow atomics use in signal handlers N2547 Yes
Thread-local storage N2659 Yes
Dynamic initialization and destruction with concurrency N2660 Yes
C99 Features in C++11
__func__ predefined identifier N2340 Yes
C99 preprocessor N1653 Yes
long long N1811 Yes
Extended integral types N1988 Yes