nullptr, the pointer literal

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[edit] Syntax

nullptr (since C++11)

[edit] Explanation

The keyword nullptr denotes the pointer literal. It is a prvalue of type std::nullptr_t. There exist implicit conversions from nullptr to null pointer value of any pointer type and any pointer to member type. Similar conversions exist for any null pointer constant, which includes values of type std::nullptr_t as well as the macro NULL.

[edit] Example

Demonstrates how nullptr allows forwarding via a template function.

#include <cstddef>
#include <iostream>
template<class F, class A>
void Fwd(F f, A a)
void g(int* i)
    std::cout << "Function g called\n";
int main()
    g(NULL);           // Fine
    g(0);              // Fine
    Fwd(g, nullptr);   // Fine
//  Fwd(g, NULL);  // ERROR: No function g(int)


Function g called
Function g called
Function g called

[edit] Keywords


[edit] See also

implementation-defined null pointer constant
(macro constant)
the type of the null pointer literal nullptr

[edit] References

  • C++11 standard (ISO/IEC 14882:2011):
  • 4.10 Pointer conversions [conv.ptr]