Module std::prim_str

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String slices.

See also the std::str module.

The str type, also called a ‘string slice’, is the most primitive string type. It is usually seen in its borrowed form, &str. It is also the type of string literals, &'static str.

String slices are always valid UTF-8.

Basic Usage

String literals are string slices:

let hello_world = "Hello, World!";

Here we have declared a string slice initialized with a string literal. String literals have a static lifetime, which means the string hello_world is guaranteed to be valid for the duration of the entire program. We can explicitly specify hello_world’s lifetime as well:

let hello_world: &'static str = "Hello, world!";


A &str is made up of two components: a pointer to some bytes, and a length. You can look at these with the as_ptr and len methods:

use std::slice;
use std::str;

let story = "Once upon a time...";

let ptr = story.as_ptr();
let len = story.len();

// story has nineteen bytes
assert_eq!(19, len);

// We can re-build a str out of ptr and len. This is all unsafe because
// we are responsible for making sure the two components are valid:
let s = unsafe {
    // First, we build a &[u8]...
    let slice = slice::from_raw_parts(ptr, len);

    // ... and then convert that slice into a string slice

assert_eq!(s, Ok(story));

Note: This example shows the internals of &str. unsafe should not be used to get a string slice under normal circumstances. Use as_str instead.