C++20 single-header library for embedding INI configs
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A single-header library that converts INI-formatted string literals to a key-value pair list at compile-time.

Requires C++20; tested on gcc 10.1 and clang trunk. Passes -Wall -Wextra -pedantic.


  • Direct accesses to values are compile-time evaluated, allowing an INI config to be used for project/program configuration.
  • Values can be accessed as strings, integers, or floating-point numbers.
  • Run-time support includes key lookup, iteration through the key-value list, and key existance checking; all of which can be filtered by section.

Try it on Godbolt.

INI format notes

  • Handles single-line key=value pairs (extra whitespace is okay)
  • Supports sections
  • Supports comments (start line with ';' or '#')
  • Supports wide strings
  • INI format is validated at compile-time, with future goal of clearly reporting syntax errors

How to use

#include "ini_config.hpp"

// Simply place the _ini suffix at the end of your config string:
constexpr auto config = R"(
someflag = true

color = gray
lives = 9

// Or, go for a more functional look:
//constexpr auto config = make_ini_config<R"( ... )">;

auto KVPcount = config.size();            // = 3
for (auto kvp : config) {}                // Iterate through all KVPs
                                          // (or use begin()/end())
for (auto kvp : config.section("Cat")) {} // Iterate through all KVPs under [Cat] section
                                          // (or use begin("Cat")/end("Cat"))
config.get("someflag");                   // Searches entire config for "someflag", picks first match
                                          // This call gets compile-time evaluated to "true"
config.get("Cat", "lives");               // Searches "Cat" section, compile-time evaluated to "9"
config.get<int>("Cat", "lives");          // Compile-time evaluated to 9
config.get("Dog", "lives");               // Does not exist, compile-time evaluated to ""
config.contains("Dog", "lives");          // Compile-time evaluated to false

config.tryget(argv[2]);                   // Same interface and behavior as get(),
                                          // use this when run-time evaluation is necessary
config.trycontains("color");              // Run-time evaluated to true

See the header file for further documentation.