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operator delete already defined


I am using my own library within Unreal 4 and I seem to have a conflict issue with the delete operator.

 20>libMyFramework.lib(MemBase.obj) : error LNK2005: "void __cdecl operator delete(void *)" (??3@YAXPEAX@Z) already defined in MyPlugin.cpp.obj
 20>libMyFramework.lib(MemBase.obj) : error LNK2005: "void __cdecl operator delete[](void *)" (??_V@YAXPEAX@Z) already defined in MyPlugin.cpp.obj

the linker error only appears if I use one of my own dynamic arrays from my library - which is a templates class (all inlined). That class internally uses new and delete which are defined with their own allocator.

I have properly guarded my #include of my framework like this

 #ifdef UE_GAME
 #include "AllowWindowsPlatformTypes.h"
 #include "MyFramework.h"
 #ifdef UE_GAME
 #include "HideWindowsPlatformTypes.h"


has anyone some other suggestion what I could do to prevent this redefinition from happening ?

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asked Jul 30 '14 at 08:04 PM in C++ Programming

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avatar image Steve Robb STAFF Jul 31 '14 at 01:17 PM


UE4 overrides the operator new/delete operators to its own implementation, and your library seems to be being built against the standard library implementation, hence the clash.

My suggestion would be to convert your library to a UE4 module which will then automatically start to use those operator overloads, which are overridden in UE4's IMPLEMENT_MODULE macro.

Hope this helps,


avatar image Chrys Jul 31 '14 at 01:40 PM

Hi Steve , thanks for your interest.

I cannot really convert my Library to a UE4 Module as it is used on my not unreal related applications on server side.

I am not at home right now so I can't check out the IMPLEMENT_MODULE macro. Is there a way to let my Library use its own allocators ? (as stated above the new and delete are overriden Inside my Library too - so its not the standard allocators).

is there maybe some magic #define I can use to wrap my headers around to "protect" them from clashing with UE4 ?


avatar image old xia Jun 21 '18 at 07:23 AM

I don't agree that library should be converted into ue4 module, since I found in default case, .lib does not have implement new and delete symbols, and they are 'external'.

I resovled my similar issue by making sure all obj linking into exe file, have only one "new and delete" implemention.(like static symbols in .obj)

avatar image Steve Robb STAFF Jul 31 '14 at 02:10 PM

UE4's operator new and delete are defined like this, but this won't really help you:

     OPERATOR_NEW_MSVC_PRAGMA void* operator new  ( size_t Size ) OPERATOR_NEW_THROW_SPEC    { return FMemory::Malloc( Size ); } \
     OPERATOR_NEW_MSVC_PRAGMA void* operator new[]( size_t Size ) OPERATOR_NEW_THROW_SPEC    { return FMemory::Malloc( Size ); } \
     void operator delete  ( void* Ptr )                          OPERATOR_DELETE_THROW_SPEC { FMemory::Free( Ptr ); } \
     void operator delete[]( void* Ptr )                          OPERATOR_DELETE_THROW_SPEC { FMemory::Free( Ptr ); }

Sorry, I didn't notice that you said your library overrides operator new and delete too. That makes sense then. You simply need to not override them and the linker should use the UE4 overrides when you statically link your library.

There is no way to have two different operator new/deletes statically linked into the same program at the same time, just as the same as it's not possible for any other function, so there's no 'magic' available. This is not just a UE4 thing - it's a C++ thing.

If you were adamant about keeping your own overrides then you could rebuild your library as a DLL and dynamically link it instead of statically linking it, as each DLL has its own operator new/delete.

However, this would tie your library to a Windows implementation - I don't know if this is a problem for you. You'd also have to be sure that all of your new/deletes happened within your module and not inside UE4, as mismatched new/deletes would cause disaster. This can happen easily with templates (like container classes), as your module and the engine would each have their own instantiation of the container code which would call its own new/delete.

Anyway, some thoughts for you to ponder on. :-)


avatar image Chrys Jul 31 '14 at 02:27 PM

what you say makes sense I think. My Library is Windows only yes so in theory DLL would be an option but I think I could also modify my build pipeline to spit out some UE4 specific Library that does'nt make use of my overrides.

if I do that, is there some caveats i need to think of before doing it ? I.e. are those new and delete operators meant to be used for UObjects or something like that ?

also I Wonder if the UE4 overrides were on a

 #ifndef UE4_OPERATORS
 #define UE4_OPERATORS

and in my Library i had a

 //my blablabla
 #define UE4_OPERATORS
 or something like that

hm maybe i will just make my Library into a DLL and take the hit of having to declspecc everything :-/

avatar image Steve Robb STAFF Jul 31 '14 at 02:48 PM

Those overrides are used for every new/delete in UE4, not just UObjects.

I would go with a define like DISABLE_OPERATOR_OVERRIDES and then use that to build a variant of your library which can link against UE4... but it's not a UE4-specific problem so doesn't make sense to name the macro after UE.

Libraries which override operator new/delete is a bit 'rude' anyway, because it forces everything else being (statically) linked to use your operators. :-)


avatar image Bob_Gneu Mar 12 '15 at 12:58 AM

As a quick side note, you will get a very similar error reported if you put your PCH include after anything else.

 >MyModule.cpp.obj : error LNK2005: "void * __cdecl operator new(unsigned __int64)" (??2@YAPEAX_K@Z) already defined in MyModule.h.obj
 >MyModule.cpp.obj : error LNK2005: "void __cdecl operator delete(void *)" (??3@YAXPEAX@Z) already defined in MyModule.h.obj

The compiler appears to do some initialization including finding new and delete, which rolls over until it is overwritten by UE4. It is remedied by simply including your PCH first.

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you are absolutly right. I will do the adjustments in my Library and put them on a macro so i can link the version for UE without them.

Thanks for your help, I will mark this as resolved.

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answered Jul 31 '14 at 04:53 PM

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If somebody has linker errors related to new and delete already being declared, it's sometimes due to adding ";" to the end of Macro lines, like declaration of Log Categories


This took a long while to discover, but it was it. Just the habit... be careful!

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answered Feb 16 '18 at 10:38 AM

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avatar image old xia Jun 21 '18 at 07:23 AM

this is not correct.

avatar image amelville1 Jan 30 '19 at 04:30 AM

I encountered the same issue, and tried your solution wondering whether you removing the ';' caused something else to happen, which fixed the error. In doing this my error was resolved, and I believe that this occurred due to me editing the module's header file, where my log declarations are located. In summary if you edit your module's header file and then build, the issue may be resolved.

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