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libchromeos is the utility library used by most daemons in Chromium OS to share common functionality specific to Chromium OS. For more generic utility functions, see libchrome, utility library from the Chromium browser, also used by most daemons in Chromium OS.

platform2 projects use C++11 and libchromeos uses some of the new features to simplify and optimize code. For this reason, some generic modules more suitable for libchrome are included in libcrhomeos due to the lack of C++11 support in the former.

Content overview

The following is an overview of the current modules of libchromeos. Refer to the latest version of the header files for up to date documentation.


Implementation of chromeos::Any, a native C++ variant type. Any could contain any copy-constructible type.


chromeos::Any any1 = 5;

chromeos::Any any2 = true;

int v1 = any1.Get<int>();

bool v2 = any2.Get<bool>();


Bind adapter for C++ functor objects, including lambdas:

base::Callback<int(int, int)> callback_add = base::Bind([](int a, int b) { return a + b;});

LOG(INFO) << "2+2=" << callback_add.Run(2, 2);


Utility functions to encode/decode URLs and web-form-like parameters.

std::string encoded = WebParamsEncode({{"q", "test"}, {"path", "/usr/bin"}, {"#", "%"}});

EXPECT_EQ("q=test&path=%2Fusr%2Fbin&%23=%25", encoded);


A whole lot of useful utility functions and classes to help build native D-Bus clients and servers. Helper functions to dispatch D-Bus method calls to remote object as if they were native C++ functions:

auto response = chromeos::dbus_utils::CallMethodAndBlock(object_proxy, "org.chromium.MyService.MyInterface", "MyMethod", 2, 8.7);

chromeos::ErrorPtr error;

std::string return_value;

if (ExtractMethodCallResults(response, &error, &return_value)) {

// Use the |return_value|.

} else {

// An error occurred. Use |error| to get details.



Error class that provides rich error reporting facilities. Each error object contains an error domain, error code and error message. Errors can be nested to provide additional error context.

void foo(ErrorPtr* error) {

Error::AddTo(error, "my_domain", "not_supported", "function not supported");



Command line flag handling class that exposes an API similar to that of gflags, using base/command_line.h as the actual parser. Flags are defined from within main(..) using macros, then once initialized can be referenced by FLAGS_name variables. Unlike with gflags, however, these variables are scoped to within main(...). All the DEFINE_type macros take three arguments: the flag name, the default value, and the help text. The types of flags supported are: bool, int32, int64, uint64, double, and string. The FlagHelper class automatically handles generation of '--help' output, as well as exiting the program in the case of incorrect flag parsing, such as passing a string to an int flag.

#include <chromeos/flag_helper.h>

#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char** argv) {

DEFINE_int32(example, 0, "Example int flag");

chromeos::FlagHelper::Init(argc, argv, "Test application.");

printf("You passed in %d to --example command line flag\n",


return 0;


http/http_utils.h (and http/*)

A bunch of functionality to make http requests (currently built on top of libcurl).

chromeos::http::HeaderList headers = {{"X-Chrome-UMA-Log-SHA1", hash}};

chromeos::ErrorPtr error;

auto response = chromeos::http::PostText(


"text data to post",

chromeos::mime::text::kPlain, headers, chromeos::http::Transport::CreateDefault(), &error);

if (!response || response->GetDataAsString() != "OK") {

LOG(ERROR) << "Failed to send data: " << error->GetMessage();



Template helper functions for std::map. You can get a list of keys or values out of a map:

std::map<string, string> map = ....

std::vector<string> keys = chromeos::GetMapKeys(map);

std::vector<string> values = chromeos::GetMapValues(map);


Utility functions to compose, parse, and manipulate MIME strings. Also contains lots of predefined constants for common mime types. So you should never have to hardcode "text/html" in your code.

EXPECT_EQ(mime::text::kPlain, mime::RemoveParameters("text/plain;charset=utf8"));


Helper string functions in addition to those provided by base/strings. Mostly for splitting/joining.

std::string input = "abc;def;ghi";

for (const std::string& token : chromeos::string_utils::Split(input, ';')) {

// process each token



Functions to split, combine and manipulate URLs

EXPECT_EQ("", url::CombineMultiple("", {"obj", "part1", "part2"}));