SafeArrayCreate function (oleauto.h)

Creates a new array descriptor, allocates and initializes the data for the array, and returns a pointer to the new array descriptor.


SAFEARRAY * SafeArrayCreate(
  VARTYPE        vt,
  UINT           cDims,



The base type of the array (the VARTYPE of each element of the array). The VARTYPE is restricted to a subset of the variant types. Neither the VT_ARRAY nor the VT_BYREF flag can be set. VT_EMPTY and VT_NULL are not valid base types for the array. All other types are legal.


The number of dimensions in the array. The number cannot be changed after the array is created.


A vector of bounds (one for each dimension) to allocate for the array.

Return value

A safe array descriptor, or null if the array could not be created.


Target Platform Windows
Header oleauto.h
Library OleAut32.lib
DLL OleAut32.dll