auto Keyword

The auto keyword is a declaration specifier. However, the C++ standard defines an original and a revised meaning for this keyword. Before Visual C++ 2010, the auto keyword declares a variable in the automatic storage class; that is, a variable that has a local lifetime. Starting with Visual C++ 2010, the auto keyword declares a variable whose type is deduced from the initialization expression in its declaration. The /Zc:auto[-] compiler option controls the meaning of the auto keyword.

auto declarator ;
auto declarator initializer;

The definition of the auto keyword changes in the C++ programming language, but not in the C programming language.

The following topics describe the auto keyword and the corresponding compiler option:

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