A try/catch/finally block with optional finally.  Exceptions are not typed, so you can only have one catch.  The finally block is executed however the block finished - either normally or after the catch has been executed. abort can be caught.

try {
 // code that can raise an exception

 if ($a = 1) {

   echo "a is 1 – bailing out";

   abort;        // this will raise an exception


 echo "a was not 1";
} catch(ex) {
 // ex will be ABORT (this is the exception)

 echo  "We aborted (a was 1)!";
} finally {
 // this code always executes

 echo "a was 1 or something else";

Here is an example of catching a parse error when converting an XML document into an Array. If the try/catch were not in place, the parse error would throw an exception and end the script.

set test="<a><b>hello</b><b>goodbye</b>";

try {

   // This will fail as there is no closing </a> tag.

   set jsonvals = ${test.xmlparse()};

} catch(ex) {

   echo "exception caught!";

   echo $ex;


echo "This code executes regardless of a parse error or not";