Function

CFStringGetCStringPtr

Quickly obtains a pointer to a C-string buffer containing the characters of a string in a given encoding.

Declaration

const char * CFStringGetCStringPtr(CFStringRef theString, CFStringEncoding encoding);

Parameters

theString

The string whose contents you wish to access.

encoding

The string encoding to which the character contents of theString should be converted. The encoding must specify an 8-bit encoding.

Return Value

A pointer to a C string or NULL if the internal storage of theString does not allow this to be returned efficiently.

Discussion

This function either returns the requested pointer immediately, with no memory allocations and no copying, in constant time, or returns NULL. If the latter is the result, call an alternative function such as the CFStringGetCString function to extract the characters.

Whether or not this function returns a valid pointer or NULL depends on many factors, all of which depend on how the string was created and its properties. In addition, the function result might change between different releases and on different platforms. So do not count on receiving a non-NULL result from this function under any circumstances.

See Also

Accessing Characters

CFStringCreateExternalRepresentation

Creates an “external representation” of a CFString object, that is, a CFData object.

CFStringGetBytes

Fetches a range of the characters from a string into a byte buffer after converting the characters to a specified encoding.

CFStringGetCharacterAtIndex

Returns the Unicode character at a specified location in a string.

CFStringGetCharacters

Copies a range of the Unicode characters from a string to a user-provided buffer.

CFStringGetCharactersPtr

Quickly obtains a pointer to the contents of a string as a buffer of Unicode characters.

CFStringGetCharacterFromInlineBuffer

Returns the Unicode character at a specific location in an in-line buffer.

CFStringGetCString

Copies the character contents of a string to a local C string buffer after converting the characters to a given encoding.

CFStringGetLength

Returns the number (in terms of UTF-16 code pairs) of Unicode characters in a string.

CFStringGetPascalString

Copies the character contents of a CFString object to a local Pascal string buffer after converting the characters to a requested encoding.

CFStringGetPascalStringPtr

Quickly obtains a pointer to a Pascal buffer containing the characters of a string in a given encoding.

CFStringGetRangeOfComposedCharactersAtIndex

Returns the range of the composed character sequence at a specified index.

CFStringInitInlineBuffer

Initializes an in-line buffer to use for efficient access of a CFString object's characters.