About catching ANY exception


Question

How can I write a try/except block that catches all exceptions?

1
605
6/21/2018 7:38:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You can but you probably shouldn't:

try:
    do_something()
except:
    print "Caught it!"

However, this will also catch exceptions like KeyboardInterrupt and you usually don't want that, do you? Unless you re-raise the exception right away - see the following example from the docs:

try:
    f = open('myfile.txt')
    s = f.readline()
    i = int(s.strip())
except IOError as (errno, strerror):
    print "I/O error({0}): {1}".format(errno, strerror)
except ValueError:
    print "Could not convert data to an integer."
except:
    print "Unexpected error:", sys.exc_info()[0]
    raise
500
5/15/2018 8:29:36 PM

Apart from a bare except: clause (which as others have said you shouldn't use), you can simply catch Exception:

import traceback
import logging

try:
    whatever()
except Exception as e:
    logging.error(traceback.format_exc())
    # Logs the error appropriately. 

You would normally only ever consider doing this at the outermost level of your code if for example you wanted to handle any otherwise uncaught exceptions before terminating.

The advantage of except Exception over the bare except is that there are a few exceptions that it wont catch, most obviously KeyboardInterrupt and SystemExit: if you caught and swallowed those then you could make it hard for anyone to exit your script.


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