Exception handling in C++

Exception handling in C++

An exception is a problem that occurs during the execution of a program. It disrupts the normal flow of the program. Exception Handling is a mechanism to handle the runtime errors so that flow of the program can be maintained. It transfers the control from one part of a program to another. Exception handling in C++ consist of three keywords: throw, try, catch. All exceptions are derived from std::exception class.

1. throw − Throws an exception when a problem arises.
2. try − Executes a code that can throw an exception.
3. catch − Handles exceptions of try block.

The try and catch blocks are a pair placed around the code that might create an exception. Code within a try/catch block is called as protected code. Syntax−


try block can also have multiple catch blocks for different exceptions. Also to handle all exceptions catch with three dots- catch(…) can be used. Exceptions can be thrown anywhere within a code block using throw statement.

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main() {
  try {
    int a = 5;
    int b = 0;
    if (b == 0)
      throw (b);
      cout << a / b;
  } catch (int n) {
    cout << "Divisor=" << n;
    cout << "\nError! Number cannot be divided by 0.";
  return 0;


exception handling


In this example, 2 integers are a=5 and b=0. As we know any number divided by 0 is invalid and shows error in calculator. So inside the try block, condition is checked and if the number is 0 then it will throw an exception. The control jumps outside try block and executes the code inside catch block.

Program Parts-

1. #include is a pre-processor directive.
2. iostream is header file which has certain commands that c++ supports. E.g. return, main, etc.
3. .h is an extension for header file.
4. class is a keyword to create classes.
5. friend is a keyword to declare any function as a friend function.
6. int is data type. It indicates that the program returns a value.
7. main() is main function that indicates the compiler that the user written programs starts from here.
8. cout is the keyword use to print a message.
9. cin is the keyword use to store values in variables.
10. return statement is use to return a value. If any error occurs the program will return 0.


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