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Defined in header <cstddef>
typedef decltype(nullptr) nullptr_t;
(since C++11)

std::nullptr_t is the type of the null pointer literal, nullptr.

[edit] Example

If two or more overloads accept different pointer types, an overload for std::nullptr_t is necessary to accept a null pointer argument.

#include <cstddef>
#include <iostream>
 
void f(int* pi)
{
   std::cout << "Pointer to integer overload\n";
}
 
void f(double* pd)
{
   std::cout << "Pointer to double overload\n";
}
 
void f(std::nullptr_t nullp)
{
   std::cout << "null pointer overload\n";
}
 
int main()
{
    int* pi; double* pd;
 
    f(pi);
    f(pd);
    f(nullptr);  // would be ambiguous without void f(nullptr_t)
    // f(NULL);  // ambiguous overload: all three functions are candidates
}

Output:

Pointer to integer overload
Pointer to double overload
null pointer overload

[edit] See also

nullptr the pointer literal which specifies a null pointer value (C++11) [edit]
implementation-defined null pointer constant
(macro constant) [edit]