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bad_typeid Exception

The bad_typeid exception is thrown by the typeid operator when the operand for typeid is a NULL pointer.

catch (bad_typeid)

The interface for bad_typeid is:

class _CRTIMP bad_typeid : public exception {
    bad_typeid(const char * what_arg) : exception (what_arg) {}

The following example shows the typeid operator throwing a bad_typeid exception.

// expre_bad_typeid.cpp
// compile with: /EHsc /GR
#include <typeinfo.h>
#include <iostream>

class A{
   // object for class needs vtable
   // for RTTI
   virtual ~A();

using namespace std;
int main() {
A* a = NULL;

try {
   cout << typeid(*a).name() << endl;  // Error condition
catch (bad_typeid){
   cout << "Object is NULL" << endl;


Object is NULL

See Also

Run-Time Type Information | C++ Keywords