Skip to content


Folders and files

Last commit message
Last commit date

Latest commit


Repository files navigation Build Status


This crate implements a structure that can be used as a generic array type.

**Requires minumum Rust version of 1.65.0

Documentation on GH Pages may be required to view certain types on foreign crates.


Before Rust 1.51, arrays [T; N] were problematic in that they couldn't be generic with respect to the length N, so this wouldn't work:

struct Foo<N> {
    data: [i32; N],

Since 1.51, the below syntax is valid:

struct Foo<const N: usize> {
    data: [i32; N],

However, the const-generics we have as of writing this are still the minimum-viable product (min_const_generics), so many situations still result in errors, such as this example:

trait Bar {
    const LEN: usize;

    // Error: cannot perform const operation using `Self`
    fn bar(&self) -> Foo<{ Self::LEN }>;

generic-array defines a new trait ArrayLength and a struct GenericArray<T, N: ArrayLength>, which lets the above be implemented as:

struct Foo<N: ArrayLength> {
    data: GenericArray<i32, N>

trait Bar {
    type LEN: ArrayLength;
    fn bar(&self) -> Foo<Self::LEN>;

The ArrayLength trait is implemented for unsigned integer types from typenum crate. For example, GenericArray<T, U5> would work almost like [T; 5]:

use generic_array::typenum::U5;

struct Foo<T, N: ArrayLength> {
    data: GenericArray<T, N>

let foo = Foo::<i32, U5> { data: GenericArray::default() };

The arr! macro is provided to allow easier creation of literal arrays, as shown below:

let array = arr![1, 2, 3];
//  array: GenericArray<i32, typenum::U3>
assert_eq!(array[2], 3);

Feature flags

features = [
    "more_lengths",  # Expands From/Into implementation for more array lengths
    "serde",         # Serialize/Deserialize implementation
    "zeroize",       # Zeroize implementation for setting array elements to zero
    "const-default", # Compile-time const default value support via trait
    "alloc",         # Enables From/TryFrom implementations between GenericArray and Vec<T>/Box<[T]>
    "faster-hex"     # Enables internal use of the `faster-hex` crate for faster hex encoding via SIMD