std::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator::recursive_directory_iterator (3) - Linux Manuals

std::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator::recursive_directory_iterator: std::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator::recursive_directory_iterator


std::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator::recursive_directory_iterator - std::filesystem::recursive_directory_iterator::recursive_directory_iterator


recursive_directory_iterator() noexcept; (1) (since C++17)
recursive_directory_iterator( const recursive_directory_iterator& rhs ); (2) (since C++17)
recursive_directory_iterator( recursive_directory_iterator&& rhs ) noexcept; (3) (since C++17)
explicit recursive_directory_iterator( const std::filesystem::path& p ); (4) (since C++17)
const std::filesystem::path& p, (4) (since C++17)
std::filesystem::directory_options options );
const std::filesystem::path& p, (5) (since C++17)
std::filesystem::directory_options options,
std::error_code& ec );
recursive_directory_iterator( const std::filesystem::path& p, std::error_code& ec ); (6) (since C++17)

Contructs new recursive directory iterator.
1) Default constructor. Constructs an end iterator.
2) Copy constructor.
3) Move constructor.
4-6) Constructs a iterator that refers to the first entry in the directory that p resolves to.

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The overload that does not take a std::error_code& parameter throws filesystem_error on underlying OS API errors, constructed with p as the first path argument and the OS error code as the error code argument. The overload taking a std::error_code& parameter sets it to the OS API error code if an OS API call fails, and executes ec.clear() if no errors occur. Any overload not marked noexcept may throw std::bad_alloc if memory allocation fails.


Recursive directory iterators do not follow directory symlinks by default. To enable this behavior, specify directory_options::follow_directory_symlink among the options option set.

Defect reports

The following behavior-changing defect reports were applied retroactively to previously published C++ standards.

DR Applied to Behavior as published Correct behavior
LWG_3013 C++17 error_code overload marked noexcept but can allocate memory noexcept removed