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(PHP 5 >= 5.1.0, PHP 7)

Exception::getCodeGets the Exception code


final public mixed Exception::getCode ( void )

Returns the Exception code.


This function has no parameters.

Return Values

Returns the exception code as integer in Exception but possibly as other type in Exception descendants (for example as string in PDOException).


Example #1 Exception::getCode() example

try {
    throw new 
Exception("Some error message"30);
} catch(
Exception $e) {
"The exception code is: " $e->getCode();

The above example will output something similar to:

The exception code is: 30

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User Contributed Notes 2 notes

talksonweb at gmail dot com
3 years ago
The exception code can be used to categorize your errors. If you're wondering what the exception code can be used for, read on below.

Let's say each time your application isn't able to connect to the database, you can save the error message under the error/exception code 214. At the end of the month, you can do a quick search on the error number '214' and find out how many times this error occurred. This makes life easier. Also, the error/exception message will give you details into what happened.

The point is to use both the exception message and code. It's helpful in the long run.

Note: I added this note, because I was confused earlier as to the purpose of the exception code and it's use.
ricky at rocker dot com
3 years ago
when raising an Exception with no error code explicitly defined, getCode() returns the integer 0

try {
  throw new
Exception("no code!!");
} catch (
Exception $e) {
"Code='" . $e->getCode() . "'");


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