static_cast is the first cast you should attempt to use. It converts between types using both implicit and user-defined conversions.


const_cast can be used to remove or add const to a variable; no other C++ cast is capable of removing it (not even reinterpret_cast)


dynamic_cast is exclusively used for handling polymorphism. You can cast a pointer or reference to any polymorphic type to any other class type

It will always fail to travel through protected or private inheritance.


reinterpret_cast is the most dangerous cast, and should be used very sparingly. It turns one type directly into another — such as casting the value from one pointer to another, or storing a pointer in an int, or all sorts of other nasty things.

C style explicit cast