Virtual Function Example in C++


A virtual function is a member function which is declared within a base class and is re-defined(Overriden) by a derived class. When you refer to a derived class object using a pointer or a reference to the base class, you can call a virtual function for that object and execute the derived class’s version of the function.

  • Virtual functions ensure that the correct function is called for an object, regardless of the type of reference (or pointer) used for function call.
  • They are mainly used to achieve Runtime polymorphism
  • Functions are declared with a virtual keyword in base class.
  • The resolving of function call is done at Run-time.

Example Program:

Here is the simple program virtual function in C++.

Source Code

using namespace std;
class Parent
    virtual void display()
        cout<<"Display Parent"<<endl;
class Child:public Parent
public :
    void display()
        cout<<"Display Child"<<endl;
int main()
    Parent *o =new Child();
    return 0;
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