# Module std::prim_tuple

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A finite heterogeneous sequence, `(T, U, ..)`

.

Let’s cover each of those in turn:

Tuples are *finite*. In other words, a tuple has a length. Here’s a tuple
of length `3`

:

`("hello", 5, 'c');`

Run‘Length’ is also sometimes called ‘arity’ here; each tuple of a different length is a different, distinct type.

Tuples are *heterogeneous*. This means that each element of the tuple can
have a different type. In that tuple above, it has the type:

`(&'static str, i32, char)`

RunTuples are a *sequence*. This means that they can be accessed by position;
this is called ‘tuple indexing’, and it looks like this:

```
let tuple = ("hello", 5, 'c');
assert_eq!(tuple.0, "hello");
assert_eq!(tuple.1, 5);
assert_eq!(tuple.2, 'c');
```

RunThe sequential nature of the tuple applies to its implementations of various
traits. For example, in `PartialOrd`

and `Ord`

, the elements are compared
sequentially until the first non-equal set is found.

For more about tuples, see the book.

## Trait implementations

In this documentation the shorthand `(T₁, T₂, …, Tₙ)`

is used to represent tuples of varying
length. When that is used, any trait bound expressed on `T`

applies to each element of the
tuple independently. Note that this is a convenience notation to avoid repetitive
documentation, not valid Rust syntax.

Due to a temporary restriction in Rust’s type system, the following traits are only implemented on tuples of arity 12 or less. In the future, this may change:

The following traits are implemented for tuples of any length. These traits have implementations that are automatically generated by the compiler, so are not limited by missing language features.

## Examples

Basic usage:

```
let tuple = ("hello", 5, 'c');
assert_eq!(tuple.0, "hello");
```

RunTuples are often used as a return type when you want to return more than one value:

```
fn calculate_point() -> (i32, i32) {
// Don't do a calculation, that's not the point of the example
(4, 5)
}
let point = calculate_point();
assert_eq!(point.0, 4);
assert_eq!(point.1, 5);
// Combining this with patterns can be nicer.
let (x, y) = calculate_point();
assert_eq!(x, 4);
assert_eq!(y, 5);
```

Run