/std (Specify Language Standard Version)

Enable supported C++ language features from the specified version of the C++ language standard.




The /std option is available in Visual Studio 2017 and later. It is used to control the version-specific ISO C++ programming language standard features enabled during compilation of your code. This option allows you to disable support for certain new language and library features that may break your existing code that conforms to a particular version of the language standard. By default, /std:c++14 is specified, which disables language and standard library features found in later versions of the C++ language standard. Use /std:c++17 to enable C++17 standard-specific features and behavior. To explicitly enable the currently implemented compiler and standard library features proposed for the next draft standard, use /std:c++latest. All C++20 features require /std:c++latest; when the implementation is complete, a new /std:c++20 option will be enabled.

The default /std:c++14 option enables the set of C++14 features implemented by the MSVC compiler. This option disables compiler and standard library support for features that are changed or new in more recent versions of the language standard, with the exception of some C++17 features already implemented in previous releases of the MSVC compiler. To avoid breaking changes for users who have already taken dependencies on the features available as of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2, these features remain enabled when the /std:c++14 option is specified:

For additional information on which C++14 and C++17 features are enabled when /std:c++14 is specified, see the notes in Visual C++ Language Conformance.

The /std:c++17 option enables the full set of C++17 features implemented by the MSVC compiler. This option disables compiler and standard library support for features that are changed or new in versions of the Working Draft and defect updates of the C++ Standard after C++17.

The /std:c++latest option enables the post-C++17 language and library features currently implemented in the compiler and libraries. These may include features from the C++20 Working Draft and defect updates of the C++ Standard that are not included in C++17, as well as experimental proposals for the draft standard. For a list of supported language and library features, see What's New for Visual C++. The /std:c++latest option does not enable features guarded by the /experimental switch, but may be required to enable them.


The compiler and library features enabled by /std:c++latest represent features that may appear in a future C++ standard, as well as C++20 features that are approved. Features that have not been approved are subject to breaking changes or removal without notice and are provided on an as-is basis.

The /std option in effect during a C++ compilation can be detected by use of the _MSVC_LANG preprocessor macro. For more information, see Preprocessor Macros.

The /std:c++14 and /std:c++latest options are available beginning in Visual Studio 2015 Update 3. The /std:c++17 option is available beginning in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3. As noted above, some C++17 standard behavior is enabled by the /std:c++14 option, but all other C++17 features are enabled by /std:c++17. C++20 features are enabled by /std:latest until the implementation is complete.


Depending on the MSVC compiler version or update level, C++17 features may not be fully implemented or fully conformant when you specify the /std:c++17 options. For an overview of C++ language conformance in Visual C++ by release version, see Visual C++ Language Conformance.

To set this compiler option in the Visual Studio development environment

  1. Open the project's Property Pages dialog box. For details, see Set C++ compiler and build properties in Visual Studio.

  2. Select Configuration Properties, C/C++, Language.

  3. In C++ Language Standard, choose the language standard to support from the dropdown control, then choose OK or Apply to save your changes.

See also

MSVC Compiler Options
MSVC Compiler Command-Line Syntax