bool is_regular_file() const;
bool is_regular_file( std::error_code& ec ) const noexcept;
(since C++17)

Checks whether the pointed-to object is a regular file. Effectively returns std::filesystem::is_regular_file(status()) or std::filesystem::is_regular_file(status(ec)), respectively


[edit] Parameters

ec - out-parameter for error reporting in the non-throwing overload

[edit] Return value

true if the referred-to filesystem object is a regular file, false otherwise.

[edit] Exceptions

The overload that does not take a std::error_code& parameter throws filesystem::filesystem_error on underlying OS API errors, constructed with p as the first path argument and the OS error code as the error code argument. The overload taking a std::error_code& parameter sets it to the OS API error code if an OS API call fails, and executes ec.clear() if no errors occur. Any overload not marked noexcept may throw std::bad_alloc if memory allocation fails.

[edit] Example

#include <filesystem>
#include <iostream>
#include <string>
namespace fs = std::filesystem;
int main(int argc, const char* argv[])
    // Print out all regular files in a directory 'dir'.
    try {
        const auto dir = argc == 2
                             ? fs::path{ argv[1] }
                             : fs::current_path();
        std::cout << "Current dir: " << dir << '\n'
                  << std::string(40, '-') << '\n';
        for (fs::directory_entry const& entry : fs::directory_iterator(dir)) {
            if (entry.is_regular_file()) {
                std::cout << entry.path().filename() << '\n';
    } catch(fs::filesystem_error const& e) {
        std::cout << e.what() << '\n';

Possible output:

Current dir: "/tmp/1588616534.9884143"

[edit] See also

checks whether the argument refers to a regular file
(function) [edit]