Kotlin Try Catch Statement

Kotlin Try Catch is used to handle the code that could throw an exception at run-time. Enclose the block of code, that could throw an exception, in try block, and handle the exceptions using catch clauses that follow try block.

If an exception thrown at run-time is not handled, it could terminate the program. So, learning how to handle exceptions is a must learn concept.

Following is the syntax of try-catch block in Kotlin.

So, for a try-catch block, you can have one try block and one or more catch blocks. Also, in each catch block, you can specify a specific exception as argument, to catch that type of exception.

Example – Try Catch in Kotlin

In the following example, we shall try a classic divide by zero exception. We shall enclose the code that throws divide by zero exception in try block, and the code to handle this exception in catch block.

In the above program, the catch block has argument of type Exception class. So, literally any type of Exception could be caught by this catch block and the code inside this block is executed.

After catching the exception, the execution continues with the subsequent statement after try-catch, if any.

Kotlin – Catch Specific Exception

Instead of generalizing, you can specify a specific Exception like ArithmeticException, IOException, etc, as argument for the catch block.

In the below example, instead of Exception class type, we specify that the catch block has to handle ArithmeticException class type object.

Also, please note that if an Exception of type other than ArithmeticException is thrown by the code in try block, in this case, an error is thrown in the run-time and the execution is halted.

Kotlin Exception – Stack Trace

Stack Trace helps you track down the piece of code that caused Exception.

Stack trace could be accessed from exception object thrown to catch block. To print the stack trace, use printStackTrace() method on the exception object.

Notice that in the stack trace, the exception thrown is ArithmeticException and caused by the code at line 8. When you are not catching the Specific Exception, catch block that handles Exception class object gets executed.

Kotlin Exception – Message

Message of the Exception caused could be accessed using message property of the exception object.

Multiple Catch Blocks

Based on the type of exceptions thrown by the code in try block, there could be multiple catch blocks following try block.

In the following Kotlin program, there is a try-catch block with multiple blocks.

Run this program and observe the output.

The exception thrown by the try block is ArithmeticException. In the catch section, there are two catch blocks. The first one handles IOException, which is not a specific match. So, the control goes to the second catch block. This catch block handles any Exception. So, the second catch block gets executed.


In this Kotlin Tutorial – Kotlin Try Catch, we have learned how to write a try catch block, how exceptions are thrown by the code in try block to the respective catch block, how to access information like stack trace, message, etc., from exception object.