How to catch an exception from another class method PHP

I'm having trouble catching an exception in PHP

Here's my code.

try {
require $this->get_file_name($action);

catch (Exception $e) {
//do something//

and the method being called

private function get_file_name($action) {

    $file = '../private/actions/actions_'.$this->group.'.php';

    if (file_exists($file) === false) {
    throw new Exception('The file for this '.$action.' was not found.');

    else {
    return $file;

Resulting in:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Exception' with message $action was not found.'
Exception: The file for this $action was not found.

However If I put a try-catch block inside of the function and call the function, I'm able to catch the exception no problem.

What am I doing wrong?


If you are catching the Exception inside a namespace, make sure that you fall back to the global namespace:

}(catch \Exception $e) {

You can also have a look at the following resources:

I can't see all of the class body but If You want to use method out of the class it should be Public not Private.

Try to check if file You trying to get exists:

var_dump($file = '../private/actions/actions_'.$this->group.'.php');

IMO there is no file in this path

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