C++ – Checking value exist in a std::map – C++


I know find method finds the supplied key in std::map and return an iterator to the element. Is there anyway to find the value and get an iterator to the element? What I need to do is to check specified value exist in std::map. I have done this by looping all items in the map and comparing. But I wanted to know is there any better approach for this.

Here is what I have wrote

bool ContainsValue(Type_ value)
    bool found = false;
    Map_::iterator it = internalMap.begin(); // internalMap is std::map
    while(it != internalMap.end())
        found = (it->second == value);
    return found;


How about using another map internally which stores value,key combination. So I can call find on it? Is find() in std::map doing sequential search?


Best Solution

You can use boost::multi_index to create a bidirectional map - you can use either value of the pair as a key to do a quick lookup.

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