Defined in header <experimental/scope>
template<class EF>
class scope_exit;
(library fundamentals TS v3)

The class template scope_exit is a general-purpose scope guard intended to call its exit function when a scope is exited.

scope_exit is not CopyConstructible, CopyAssignable or MoveAssignable, however, it may be MoveConstructible if EF meets some requirements, which permits wrapping a scope_exit into another object.

A scope_exit may be either active, i.e. calls its exit function on destruction, or inactive, i.e. does nothing on destruction. A scope_exit is active after constructed from an exit function.

A scope_exit can become inactive by calling release() on it either manually or automatically (by the move constructor). An inactive scope_exit may also be obtained by initializing with another inactive scope_exit. Once a scope_exit is inactive, it cannot become active again.

A scope_exit effectively holds an EF and a bool flag indicating if it is active.

Template parameters

EF - type of stored exit function
Type requirements
EF shall be either:
Calling an lvalue of std::remove_reference_t<EF> with no argument shall be well-formed.

Member functions

constructs a new scope_exit
(public member function)
calls the exit function when the scope is exited if the scope_exit is active, then destroys the scope_exit
(public member function)
scope_exit is not assignable
(public member function)
makes the scope_exit inactive
(public member function)

Deduction guides


Constructing a scope_exit of dynamic storage duration might lead to unexpected behavior.

If the EF stored in a scope_exit object refers to a local variable of the function where it is defined, e.g., as a lambda capturing the variable by reference, and that variable is used as a return operand in that function, that variable might have already been returned when the scope_exit's destructor executes, calling the exit function. This can lead to surprising behavior.


See also

wraps a function object and invokes it on exiting the scope through an exception
(class template)
wraps a function object and invokes it on exiting the scope normally
(class template)
default deleter for unique_ptr
(class template)