Defined in header <exception>
std::exception_ptr current_exception();
(since C++11)

If called during exception handling (typically, in a catch clause), captures the current exception object and creates an std::exception_ptr that holds either a copy or a reference to that exception object (depending on the implementation). The referenced object remains valid at least as long as there is an exception_ptr object that refers to it.

If the implementation of this function requires a call to new and the call fails, the returned pointer will hold a reference to an instance of std::bad_alloc.

If the implementation of this function requires copying the captured exception object and its copy constructor throws an exception, the returned pointer will hold a reference to the exception thrown. If the copy constructor of the thrown exception object also throws, the returned pointer may hold a reference to an instance of std::bad_exception to break the endless loop.

If the function is called when no exception is being handled, an empty std::exception_ptr is returned.



Return value

An instance of std::exception_ptr holding a reference to the exception object, or a copy of the exception object, or to an instance of std::bad_alloc or to an instance of std::bad_exception.


noexcept specification:


#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <exception>
#include <stdexcept>
void handle_eptr(std::exception_ptr eptr) // passing by value is ok
    try {
        if (eptr) {
    } catch(const std::exception& e) {
        std::cout << "Caught exception \"" << e.what() << "\"\n";
int main()
    std::exception_ptr eptr;
    try {
        std::string().at(1); // this generates an std::out_of_range
    } catch(...) {
        eptr = std::current_exception(); // capture
} // destructor for std::out_of_range called here, when the eptr is destructed


Caught exception "basic_string::at"

See also

shared pointer type for handling exception objects
throws the exception from an std::exception_ptr
creates an std::exception_ptr from an exception object
(function template)

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