_InterlockedExchangePointer Intrinsic Functions 

Microsoft Specific

Perform an atomic exchange operation, which copies the address passed in as the second argument to the first and returns the original address of the first.

void * _InterlockedExchangePointer(
   void * volatile * Target,
   void * Value
void * _InterlockedExchangePointer_acq(
   void * volatile * Target,
   void * Value


  • [in, out] Target
    Pointer to the pointer to the value to exchange. The function sets the value to Value and returns its previous value.
  • [in] Value
    Value to be exchanged with the value pointed to by Target.

Return Value

The function returns the initial value pointed to by Target.


Intrinsic Architecture


IPF, x64



Note   On the x86 architecture, _InterlockedExchangePointer is a macro that calls _InterlockedExchange.

Header file <intrin.h>


On a 64-bit system, the parameters are 64 bits and must be aligned on 64-bit boundaries; otherwise, the function fails. On a 32-bit system, the parameters are 32 bits and must be aligned on 32-bit boundaries.

Use _InterlockedExchangePointer_acq if you need acquire semantics, such as at the beginning of a critical section.

There is no version of this function that uses release semantics.

In Visual C++ 2005, these functions behave as read-write memory barriers. For more information, see _ReadWriteBarrier.

These routines are only available as intrinsics.

END Microsoft Specific

See Also


Compiler Intrinsics