Like if statements, switch case controls the flow of programs by allowing programmers to specify different code that should be executed in various conditions. In particular, a switch statement compares the value of a variable to the values specified in case statements. When a case statement is found whose value matches that of the variable, the code in that case statement is run.

The break keyword exits the switch statement, and is typically used at the end of each case. Without a break statement, the switch statement will continue executing the following expressions ("falling-through") until a break, or the end of the switch statement is reached.


switch (var) { case label1: // statements break; case label2: // statements break; default: // statements break; }

Parameter Values

  • var: a variable whose value to compare with various cases. Allowed data types: int, char.
  • label1, label2: constants. Allowed data types: int, char.

Return Values

  • Nothing

Example Code

switch (var) { case 1: //do something when var equals 1 break; case 2: //do something when var equals 2 break; default: // if nothing else matches, do the default // default is optional break; }

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