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Overly broad 'catch' block

Reports catch blocks with parameters that are more generic than the exception thrown by the corresponding try block.

Example:

try { File file = new File(pathToFile); return file.getAbsolutePath(); } catch (Exception ex) { // warning: 'catch' of 'Exception' is too broad, masking exceptions 'RuntimeException' return defaultFilePath; }
try { File file = new File(pathToFile); return file.getAbsolutePath(); } catch (RuntimeException ex) { return defaultFilePath; }

Configure the inspection:

  • Use the Only warn on RuntimeException, Exception, Error or Throwable option to have this inspection warn only on the most generic exceptions.

  • Use the Ignore exceptions which hide others but are themselves thrown option to ignore any exceptions that hide other exceptions but still may be thrown and thus are technically not overly broad.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Overly broad 'catch' block inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Only warn on RuntimeException, Exception, Error or Throwable

Not selected

Ignore exceptions which hide others but are themselves thrown

Not selected

Inspection Details

By default bundled with:

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin:

Java, 241.14841

Last modified: 12 March 2024