The preprocessor module provides various helpful preprocessor macros.


C and C++


The preprocessor module provides several headers.


Defines macros for handling variadic arguments to function-like macros. Macros include the following:


Selects and invokes a macro based on the number of arguments provided. Expands to <name><arg_count>(...). For example, PW_DELEGATE_BY_ARG_COUNT(foo_, 1, 2, 3) expands to foo_3(1, 2, 3).

This example shows how PW_DELEGATE_BY_ARG_COUNT could be used to log a customized message based on the number of arguments provided.

#define _ARG_PRINT_0(a)        LOG_INFO("nothing!")
#define _ARG_PRINT_1(a)        LOG_INFO("1 arg: %s", a)
#define _ARG_PRINT_2(a, b)     LOG_INFO("2 args: %s, %s", a, b)
#define _ARG_PRINT_3(a, b, c)  LOG_INFO("3 args: %s, %s, %s", a, b, c)

When used, ARG_PRINT expands to the _ARG_PRINT_# macro corresponding to the number of arguments.

ARG_PRINT();               // Outputs: nothing!
ARG_PRINT("a");            // Outputs: 1 arg: a
ARG_PRINT("a", "b");       // Outputs: 2 args: a, b
ARG_PRINT("a", "b", "c");  // Outputs: 3 args: a, b, c

Expands to a comma followed by the arguments if any arguments are provided. Otherwise, expands to nothing. If the final argument is empty, it is omitted. This is useful when passing __VA_ARGS__ to a variadic function or template parameter list, since it removes the extra comma when no arguments are provided. PW_COMMA_ARGS must NOT be used when invoking a macro from another macro.

For example. PW_COMMA_ARGS(1, 2, 3), expands to , 1, 2, 3, while PW_COMMA_ARGS() expands to nothing. PW_COMMA_ARGS(1, 2, ) expands to , 1, 2.


Defines macros for boolean logic on literal 1s and 0s. This is useful for situations when a literal is needed to build the name of a function or macro.


Macros for compiler-specific features, such as attributes or builtins.

Modifying compiler diagnostics

pw_preprocessor/compiler.h provides macros for enabling or disabling compiler diagnostics (warnings or errors).


Starts a new group of PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTIC statements. A PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTICS_POP statement must follow.


PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTIC statements since the most recent PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTICS_PUSH no longer apply after this statement.


Changes how a diagnostic (warning or error) is handled. Most commonly used to disable warnings. PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTIC should be used between PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTICS_PUSH and PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTICS_POP statements to avoid applying the modifications too broadly.

kind may be warning, error, or ignored.

These macros can be used to disable warnings for precise sections of code, even a single line if necessary.

PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTIC(ignored, "-Wunused-variable");

static int this_variable_is_never_used;



PW_MODIFY_DIAGNOSTIC and related macros should rarely be used. Whenever possible, fix the underlying issues about which the compiler is warning, rather than silencing the diagnostics.


Defines the PW_CONCAT(...) macro, which expands its arguments if they are macros and token pastes the results. This can be used for building names of classes, variables, macros, etc.


General purpose, useful macros.

  • PW_ARRAY_SIZE(array) – calculates the size of a C array

  • PW_STRINGIFY(...) – expands its arguments as macros and converts them to a string literal

  • PW_EXTERN_C – declares a name to be extern "C" in C++; expands to nothing in C

  • PW_EXTERN_C_START / PW_EXTERN_C_END – declares an extern "C" { } block in C++; expands to nothing in C