longjmp function(Nonlocal Jump) in C Language – example and detail

In the C Programming Language, the longjmp characteristic restores the surroundings (as stored in the env variable) and returns from the original setjmp function name that saved env.


The syntax for the longjmp characteristic in the C Language is:

void longjmp(jmp_buf env, int val);

Parameters or Arguments

env The environment saved with the aid of the original setjmp function call. val The return cost for the setjmp characteristic call.


The longjmp function does not return anything.

However, the longjmp feature does have an effect on the setjmp function return value. If val is 0, the setjmp feature will return 1. Otherwise if val is a nonzero value, the setjmp characteristic will return the setjmp return value.

Required Header

In the C Language, the required header for the longjmp feature is:

#include <setjmp.h>

Applies To

In the C Language, the longjmp characteristic can be used in the following versions:

ANSI/ISO 9899-1990

longjmp Example

/* Example using longjmp by TechOnTheNet.com */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <setjmp.h>

/* Declare a global jmp_buf variable that is available to both func and main */
static jmp_buf env;

void func(void)
    /* Display a message indicating we are entering func */
    printf("Starting func\n");

    /* Return to main with a return code of 1 (can be anything except 0) */
    longjmp(env, 1);

    /* Display a message indicating we are leaving func */
    printf("Finishing func\n"); /* This will never be executed! */

int main(int argc, const char * argv[])
    /* Define temporary variables */
    int result;

    /* Display a message indicating we are starting main */
    printf("Starting main\n");

    /* Save the calling environment, marking where we are in main */
    result = setjmp(env);

    /* If the result is not 0 then we have returned from a call to longjmp */
    if (result != 0)
        /* Display a message indicating the call to longjmp */
        printf("longjmp was called\n");

        /* Exit main */
        return 0;

    /* Call func */

    /* Display a message indicating we are leaving main */
    printf("Finished main\n");

    return 0;

When compiled and run, this utility will output:

Starting main
Starting func
longjmp was called

Similar Functions

Other C functions that are similar to the longjmp function:

setjmp function <setjmp.h>

See Also

Other C features that are noteworthy when dealing with the longjmp function:

signal function <signal.h>