C++ file exists

In C++ you can use ifstream or fstream class to check whether a file exists. If you can not open the file for reading, this indicates that the file does not exist.

using namespace std;

bool file_exists(char *filename){
     ifstream in(filename,ios::in); //try to open the file for reading
     if(!in) return false; //can not open the file=> return false
     else return true;   //otherwise return true
int main(){
     cout<<"The file exists."<<endl;
     cout<<"The file does not exist."<<endl;
   return 0;

Posted by: Dara | post date: 02-12-2013 | Subject: C++ Programming Language

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