Restores the stack environment and execution locale set by a setjmp call.


void longjmp(
   jmp_buf env,
   int value


Variable in which environment is stored.

Value to be returned to setjmp call.


The longjmp function restores a stack environment and execution locale previously saved in env by setjmp. setjmp and longjmp provide a way to execute a nonlocal goto; they're typically used to pass execution control to error-handling or recovery code in a previously called routine without using the normal call and return conventions.

A call to setjmp causes the current stack environment to be saved in env. A subsequent call to longjmp restores the saved environment and returns control to the point immediately following the corresponding setjmp call. Execution resumes as if value had been returned by the setjmp call. The values of all variables (except register variables) that are accessible to the routine receiving control contain the values they had when longjmp was called. The values of register variables are unpredictable. The value returned by setjmp must be nonzero. If value is passed as 0, the value 1 is substituted in the actual return.

Microsoft Specific

In Microsoft C++ code on Windows, longjmp uses the same stack-unwinding semantics as exception-handling code. It's safe to use in the same places that C++ exceptions can be raised. However, this usage isn't portable, and comes with some important caveats.

Only call longjmp before the function that called setjmp returns; otherwise the results are unpredictable.

Observe the following restrictions when using longjmp:

  • Don't assume that the values of the register variables will remain the same. The values of register variables in the routine calling setjmp may not be restored to the proper values after longjmp is executed.

  • Don't use longjmp to transfer control out of an interrupt-handling routine unless the interrupt is caused by a floating-point exception. In this case, a program may return from an interrupt handler via longjmp if it first reinitializes the floating-point math package by calling _fpreset.

  • Don't use longjmp to transfer control from a callback routine invoked directly or indirectly by Windows code.

  • If the code is compiled by using /EHs or /EHsc, and the function that contains the longjmp call is noexcept, then local objects in that function may not be destructed during the stack unwind.

END Microsoft Specific


In portable C++ code, you can't assume setjmp and longjmp support C++ object semantics. Specifically, a setjmp/longjmp call pair has undefined behavior if replacing the setjmp and longjmp by catch and throw would invoke any non-trivial destructors for any automatic objects. In C++ programs, we recommend you use the C++ exception-handling mechanism.

For more information, see Using setjmp and longjmp.


Routine Required header
longjmp <setjmp.h>

For more compatibility information, see Compatibility.


See the example for _fpreset.

See also

Process and environment control setjmp