C++ Cheatsheet



Basic syntax and functions from the C++ programming language.


#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main() {
cout << "Welcome To CodeWithHarry";
return 0;

cout <<

It prints output on the screen

cout << "This is C++ Programming";

cin >>

It takes input from the user

cin >> variable_name

Data types

The data type is the type of data

Character type

Typically a single octet(one byte). It is an integer type

char variable_name;

Integer type

The most natural size of integer for the machine

int variable_name;

Float type

A single-precision floating-point value

float variable_name;

Double type

A double-precision floating-point value

double variable_name;

Void type

Represents the absence of the type


Boolean type


Escape Sequences

It is a sequence of characters starting with a backslash, and it doesn't represent itself when used inside string literal.

Alarm or Beep

It produces a beep sound



It adds a backspace


Form feed



Newline Character


Carriage return



It gives a tab space



It adds a backslash


Single quote

It adds a single quotation mark


Question mark

It adds a question mark


Octal No.

It represents the value of an octal number


Hexadecimal No.

It represents the value of a hexadecimal number



The null character is usually used to terminate a string



A comment is a code that is not executed by the compiler, and the programmer uses it to keep track of the code.

Single line comment

// It's a single line comment

Multi-line comment

/* It's a 


It is a collection of characters surrounded by double quotes

Declaring String

// Include the string library
#include <string>

// String variable
string variable1 = "Hello World";

append function

It is used to concatenate two strings

string firstName = "Harry ";
string lastName = "Bhai";
string fullName = firstName.append(lastName);
cout << fullName;

length function

It returns the length of the string

string variable1 = "CodeWithHarry";
cout << "The length of the string is: " << variable1.length();

Accessing and changing string characters

string variable1 = "Hello World";
variable1[1] = 'i';
cout << variable1;


C++ provides some built-in math functions that help the programmer to perform mathematical operations efficiently.

max function

It returns the larger value among the two

cout << max(25, 140);

min function

It returns the smaller value among the two

cout << min(55, 50);

sqrt function

It returns the square root of a supplied number

#include <cmath>

cout << sqrt(144);

ceil function

It returns the value of x rounded up to its nearest integer


floor function

It returns the value of x rounded down to its nearest integer


pow function

It returns the value of x to the power of y

pow(x, y)

Decision Making Instructions

Conditional statements are used to perform operations based on some condition.

If Statement

if (condition) {
// This block of code will get executed, if the condition is True

If-else Statement

if (condition) {
// If condition is True then this block will get executed
} else {
// If condition is False then this block will get executed

if else-if Statement

if (condition) {
// Statements;
else if (condition){
// Statements;
// Statements

Ternary Operator

It is shorthand of an if-else statement.

variable = (condition) ? expressionTrue : expressionFalse;

Switch Case Statement

It allows a variable to be tested for equality against a list of values (cases).

switch (expression) 
case constant-expression: 
case constant-expression: 

Iterative Statements

Iterative statements facilitate programmers to execute any block of code lines repeatedly and can be controlled as per conditions added by the programmer.

while Loop

It iterates the block of code as long as a specified condition is True

while (/* condition */)
/* code block to be executed */

do-while loop

It is an exit controlled loop. It is very similar to the while loop with one difference, i.e., the body of the do-while loop is executed at least once even if the condition is False

/* code */
} while (/* condition */);

for loop

It is used to iterate the statements or a part of the program several times. It is frequently used to traverse the data structures like the array and linked list.

for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
/* code */

Break Statement

break keyword inside the loop is used to terminate the loop


Continue Statement

continue keyword skips the rest of the current iteration of the loop and returns to the starting point of the loop



Reference is an alias for an already existing variable. Once it is initialized to a variable, it cannot be changed to refer to another variable. So, it's a const pointer.

Creating References

string var1 = "Value1"; // var1 variable
string &var2 = var1; // reference to var1


Pointer is a variable that holds the memory address of another variable


datatype *var_name; 

var_name = &variable2;

Functions & Recursion

Functions are used to divide an extensive program into smaller pieces. It can be called multiple times to provide reusability and modularity to the C program.

Function Definition

return_type function_name(data_type parameter...){ 
//code to be executed 

Function Call



Recursion is when a function calls a copy of itself to work on a minor problem. And the function that calls itself is known as the Recursive function.

void recurse()
... .. ...
... .. ...

Object-Oriented Programming

It is a programming approach that primarily focuses on using objects and classes. The objects can be any real-world entities.


class Class_name {
public: // Access specifier
// fields
// functions
// blocks


Class_name ObjectName;


It is a special method that is called automatically as soon as the object is created.

class className { // The class
public: // Access specifier
className() { // Constructor
cout << "Code With Harry";

int main() {
className obj_name; 
return 0;


Data encapsulation is a mechanism of bundling the data, and the functions that use them and data abstraction is a mechanism of exposing only the interfaces and hiding the implementation details from the user.

using namespace std; 
class ExampleEncap{ 
/* Since we have marked these data members private, 
* any entity outside this class cannot access these 
* data members directly, they have to use getter and 
* setter functions. 
int num; 
char ch; 
/* Getter functions to get the value of data members. 
* Since these functions are public, they can be accessed 
* outside the class, thus provide the access to data members 
* through them 
int getNum() const { 
return num; 
char getCh() const { 
return ch; 
/* Setter functions, they are called for assigning the values 
* to the private data members. 
void setNum(int num) { 
this->num = num; 
void setCh(char ch) { 
this->ch = ch; 
int main(){ 
ExampleEncap obj; 
return 0; 

File Handling

File handling refers to reading or writing data from files. C provides some functions that allow us to manipulate data in the files.

Creating and writing to a text file

#include <iostream>
#include <fstream>
using namespace std;

int main() {
// Create and open a text file
ofstream MyFile("filename.txt");

// Write to the file
MyFile << "File Handling in C++";

// Close the file

Reading the file

It allows us to read the file line by line


Opening a File

It opens a file in the C++ program

void open(const char* file_name,ios::openmode mode);



Opens the file to read(default for ifstream)

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::in)


Opens the file to write(default for ofstream)

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::out)


Opens the file in binary mode

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::binary)


Opens the file and appends all the outputs at the end

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::app)


Opens the file and moves the control to the end of the file

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::ate)


Removes the data in the existing file

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::trunc)


Opens the file only if it already exists

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::nocreate)


Opens the file only if it does not already exist

fs.open ("test.txt", std::fstream::noreplace)

Closing a file

It closes the file


Exception Handling

An exception is an unusual condition that results in an interruption in the flow of the program.

try and catch block

A basic try-catch block in python. When the try block throws an error, the control goes to the except block

try {
// code to try
throw exception; // If a problem arises, then throw an exception
catch () {
// Block of code to handle errors



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