Eigen  3.4.90 (git rev 67eeba6e720c5745abc77ae6c92ce0a44aa7b7ae)
Inheriting from Matrix

Before inheriting from Matrix, be really, I mean REALLY, sure that using EIGEN_MATRIX_PLUGIN is not what you really want (see previous section). If you just need to add few members to Matrix, this is the way to go.

An example of when you actually need to inherit Matrix, is when you have several layers of heritage such as MyVerySpecificVector1, MyVerySpecificVector2 -> MyVector1 -> Matrix and MyVerySpecificVector3, MyVerySpecificVector4 -> MyVector2 -> Matrix.

In order for your object to work within the Eigen framework, you need to define a few members in your inherited class.

Here is a minimalistic example:

#include <Eigen/Core>
#include <iostream>
class MyVectorType : public Eigen::VectorXd
MyVectorType(void):Eigen::VectorXd() {}
// This constructor allows you to construct MyVectorType from Eigen expressions
template<typename OtherDerived>
MyVectorType(const Eigen::MatrixBase<OtherDerived>& other)
: Eigen::VectorXd(other)
{ }
// This method allows you to assign Eigen expressions to MyVectorType
template<typename OtherDerived>
MyVectorType& operator=(const Eigen::MatrixBase <OtherDerived>& other)
return *this;
int main()
MyVectorType v = MyVectorType::Ones(4);
v(2) += 10;
v = 2 * v;
std::cout << v.transpose() << std::endl;
Base class for all dense matrices, vectors, and expressions.
Definition: MatrixBase.h:52
The matrix class, also used for vectors and row-vectors.
Definition: Matrix.h:182
Matrix & operator=(const Matrix &other)
Assigns matrices to each other.
Definition: Matrix.h:208
Matrix< double, Dynamic, 1 > VectorXd
Dynamic×1 vector of type double.
Definition: Matrix.h:501
Namespace containing all symbols from the Eigen library.
Definition: Core:139


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This is the kind of error you can get if you don't provide those methods

error: no match for ‘operator=’ in ‘v = Eigen::operator*(
const Eigen::MatrixBase<Eigen::Matrix<double, -0x000000001, 1, 0, -0x000000001, 1> >::Scalar&, 
const Eigen::MatrixBase<Eigen::Matrix<double, -0x000000001, 1> >::StorageBaseType&)
(((const Eigen::MatrixBase<Eigen::Matrix<double, -0x000000001, 1> >::StorageBaseType&)
((const Eigen::MatrixBase<Eigen::Matrix<double, -0x000000001, 1> >::StorageBaseType*)(& v))))’