Scala try catch and finally

Category : Scala | Sub Category : Scala Programs | By Prasad Bonam Last updated: 2020-10-08 08:17:28 Viewed : 622

Scala try catch and finally 

In Scala, you can use try, catch, and finally blocks to handle exceptions and perform cleanup operations. These constructs are similar to those found in many other programming languages. Here is how they work in Scala:

1. try block: The try block contains the code that might throw an exception. If an exception occurs within the try block, it will be caught by the corresponding catch block (if defined).

2. catch block: The catch block is used to handle exceptions that are thrown within the try block. You can specify the type of exception you want to catch and define how to handle it.

3. finally block: The finally block is optional and used for cleanup code that should be executed regardless of whether an exception occurred or not. This block is often used to release resources or perform other necessary cleanup tasks.

Here is a simple example of using try, catch, and finally in Scala:

import object ExceptionHandlingExample { def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = { var file: FileWriter = null try { // Attempt to open a file for writing file = new FileWriter("example.txt") file.write("Hello, Scala!") } catch { case e: IOException => println(s"An IO exception occurred: ${e.getMessage}") case _: Throwable => println("An unexpected error occurred.") } finally { // Close the file regardless of success or failure if (file != null) { file.close() } } } }

In this example:

  • We attempt to open a file for writing within the try block.
  • If an IOException occurs (e.g., if the file cannot be created or written to), we catch it and print an error message.
  • We also have a catch-all case for any other unexpected exceptions.
  • In the finally block, we ensure that the file is closed, whether or not an exception occurred.

The finally block guarantees that the cleanup code is executed, making it useful for resource management.

Note that Scala allows you to use a try block without a catch block if you only want to ensure that the finally block is executed for cleanup purposes. For example:

import object FinallyExample { def main(args: Array[String]): Unit = { var file: FileWriter = null try { file = new FileWriter("example.txt") file.write("Hello, Scala!") } finally { // Close the file in all cases if (file != null) { file.close() } } } }

In this case, if an exception occurs, it will be propagated, but the finally block still gets executed.

Similar to Java, but its syntax is consistent with match expressions: 

try {


} catch {

    case fnfe: FileNotFoundException => println(fnfe)

    case ioe: IOException => println(ioe)



Following example illustrates about Scala try catch and finally

Save the file as −  TryCatchFinallyEx.scala 


package runnerdev

class ExceptionExample {

  def divide(x: Int, y: Int) = {

    try {

      x / y 

    } catch {

      case e: ArithmeticException => println(e.printStackTrace())

      case ex: Exception          => println(ex)

      case th: Throwable => println("found a unknown exception" + th)

    } finally {

      println("Finaly block always executes")


    println("Rest of the code is executing ")



object TryCatchFinallyEx {

  def main(args: Array[String]) {

    var e = new ExceptionExample()

    e.divide(10, 0) 


compile and run the above example as follows 

scala> scalac TryCatchFinallyEx.scala

scala> scala TryCatchFinallyEx


        java.lang.ArithmeticException: / by zero

                at runnerdev.ExceptionExample.divide(TryCatchFinallyEx.scala:6)

                at runnerdev.TryCatchFinallyEx$.main(TryCatchFinallyEx.scala:22)

                at runnerdev.TryCatchFinallyEx.main(TryCatchFinallyEx.scala)


        Finaly block always executes

        Rest of the code is executing

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