How to access methods of classes stored in an unordered_map in C++

So I have a class named Account and I am storing it in an unordered_map, but when I try to access the functions of that class within the map, it fails to compile. The class is stored in a header file "Bank.h"

class Account {
    double balance;
    std::string username;

    Account(double balance, std::string username);

    double getBal() {
        return this->balance;

    std::string getName() {
        return this->username;

    void updateBal(double amount) {
        this->balance += amount;

These functions are stored in a separate cpp file with #include "Bank.h"

std::unordered_map<std::string, Account> accountList;
Account test(100, "Tester");
std::cout << test.getBal();
accountList.insert(std::make_pair("Test", test));

1 answer

  • answered 2021-11-23 01:58 Sam Varshavchik


    The [] operator on an unordered map (and std::map too) has a mandatory requirement that must be met: if the map's key does not exist, it gets created and the corresponding value gets default-constructed.

    Unfortunately, your Account class does not have a default constructor, hence the compilation failure.

    It is true that just before this line of code you are inserting a value for "Test" into the map, so it'll exist. This, unfortunately, does not matter. All requirements of the operator[] must be met, including the map's value requirement to have a default constructor.

    You have two options to resolve your compilation error:

    1. Add a default constructor to your Account class, or

    2. You cannot use [], instead use at(); or use find() (and compare its result to end()).

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