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Trivial C11 threads.h implementation over POSIX threads.

GNU libc doesn't implement the thread part of the C library from the recent C11
standard, even though recent versions of gcc do support other aspects of it
(like atomics).

If you're starting a new multithreaded project in C right now, it would make
sense to use the standard C way of using threads instead of a mismash of
various platform-specific APIs.

So until the system libc adds support for it, we need a stopgap that works
exactly as the C standard describes.

How to use
No installation, no compilation, just drop c11threads.h to your project, and
don't forget to link with -lpthread

This library is extremely thin and implemented directly in the header file as a
bunch of "static inline" functions (you do have at least C99 functionality while
trying to use C11 threads, right?).

If you'd like to use this with a C89 compiler, just search&replace or
define-away all instances of "inline" to oblivion. Each object file will get a
copy of all those static functions but that shouldn't be too cumbersome for a
reasonably modern system (say anything after the 80s).

Author: John Tsiombikas <>
I place this piece of code in the public domain. Feel free to use as you see
fit. I'd appreciate it if you keep my name at the top of the code somehwere, but

Main project site:

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Trivial C11 threads.h implementation over POSIX threads.



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