I want to declare an ordinary pointer (not a member pointer) to a member function. I have tried but apparently I am getting errors. Is this allowed in C++? Why is it not?


class A{
int m;

void show(void){

std::cout<<"M= "<<m<<std::endl;



int main()
A a;
void (*ptr)(void);
ptr = a.show;

return 0;

The error I am getting is: argument of type ‘void (A::)()’ does not match ‘void (*)()’

Edited by anumash

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You can't get a non-member pointer to a member function. If you did, and called it, what would the function use for this?


A pointer to member function still has to be invoked with an object of the appropriate type. You might be able to declare the pointer like this: void (A.*ptr)(void); A.ptr = a.show; but I'm not 100% certain of that. In any case, this would be, IMHO, really crappy code. It violates the KISS principal in so many ways!


Memeber functions are members of a class. Because of that they are not the same as free functions when it comes to function pointers.

void (*ptr)(void);

Will match any function that returns void at takes no parameters that is not a memeber function.

void (A::*ptr)(void)

Will match any function that returns void and takes no parmeters that is a memeber of A.

The reason for this is

void show(void)

Actually has a hidden parameter in it as non static class memeber functions take in the this pointer from the instance that calls it.

Edited by NathanOliver


Thank you for your replies @gusano79, @rubberman & @NathanOliver!

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