Virtual Constructor in C++

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The virtual mechanism works only when we have a base class pointer to a derived class object.

In C++, the constructor cannot be virtual, because when a constructor of a class is executed there is no virtual table in the memory, means no virtual pointer defined yet. So, the constructor should always be non-virtual.

But virtual destructor is possible.

Example Code

using namespace std;
class b {
      b() {
         cout<<"Constructing base \n";
      virtual ~b() {
         cout<<"Destructing base \n";
class d: public b {
      d() {
         cout<<"Constructing derived \n";
      ~d() {
         cout<<"Destructing derived \n";
int main(void) {
   d *derived = new d();
   b *bptr = derived;
   delete bptr;
   return 0;


Constructing base
Constructing derived
Destructing derived
Destructing base
Published on 04-Apr-2019 14:05:35