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std::is_class(3) C++ Standard Libary std::is_class(3)


std::is_class - std::is_class


Defined in header <type_traits>
template< class T > (since C++11)
struct is_class;

Checks whether T is a non-union class type. Provides the member constant value which
is equal to true, if T is a class type (but not union). Otherwise, value is equal to

The behavior of a program that adds specializations for is_class
or is_class_v
(since C++17) is undefined.

Template parameters

T - a type to check

Helper variable template

template< class T > (since C++17)
inline constexpr bool is_class_v = is_class<T>::value;

Inherited from std::integral_constant

Member constants

value true if T is a non-union class type , false otherwise
[static] (public static member constant)

Member functions

operator bool converts the object to bool, returns value
(public member function)
operator() returns value
(C++14) (public member function)

Member types

Type Definition
value_type bool
type std::integral_constant<bool, value>

Possible implementation

namespace detail {
template <class T>
std::integral_constant<bool, !std::is_union<T>::value> test(int T::*);

template <class>
std::false_type test(...);

template <class T>
struct is_class : decltype(detail::test<T>(nullptr))


// Run this code

#include <iostream>
#include <type_traits>

struct A {};

class B {};

enum class E {};

union U { class UC {}; };
static_assert(not std::is_class_v<U>);

int main()
std::cout << std::boolalpha;
std::cout << std::is_class<A>::value << ": A\n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<B> << ": B \n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<B*> << ": B* \n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<B&> << ": B& \n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<const B> << ": const B \n";
std::cout << std::is_class<E>::value << ": E\n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<int> << ": int\n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<struct S> << ": struct S (incomplete)\n";
std::cout << std::is_class_v<class C> << ": class C (incomplete)\n";


true: A
true: B
false: B*
false: B&
true: const B
false: E
false: int
true: struct S (incomplete)
true: class C (incomplete)

See also

is_union checks if a type is an union type
(C++11) (class template)