C# – What does void mean in C, C++, and C#


Looking to get the fundamentals on where the term "void" comes from, and why it is called void. The intention of the question is to assist someone who has no C experience, and is suddenly looking at a C-based codebase.

Best Solution

Basically it means "nothing" or "no type"

There are 3 basic ways that void is used:

  1. Function argument: int myFunc(void) -- the function takes nothing.

  2. Function return value: void myFunc(int) -- the function returns nothing

  3. Generic data pointer: void* data -- 'data' is a pointer to data of unknown type, and cannot be dereferenced

Note: the void in a function argument is optional in C++, so int myFunc() is exactly the same as int myFunc(void), and it is left out completely in C#. It is always required for a return value.