Learn Java – How to Split a String?

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If you are looking to learn how to split a string in Java, you have come to the right place. String operations are the most common operations when it comes to programming. Java Strings are no different and will be used in almost every program you write.

To split a string in Java, you need to use the String.split() method that is readily available to the Java programmer. Let’s see an example to get a better idea.

The main method that does the job is the split() method. The method takes regex as an argument. Regex is great. However, they can be complex to use. With regex, you need to take care of the escape characters. Let’s learn more about it below.


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Escape characters: There are many escape characters in the Java programming language. For example, dot(.) or backslash(\), etc.

To handle the escape character, you can either choose to create a special regex for the operation, or you can use Pattern.quote() function to escape the character. Let’s see an example below to understand the whole picture.

String with a dot

As mentioned earlier, you can choose to use the Pattern.quote() method or use the traditional escape method of using a double backslash(\\). Let’s see both of them live in the code below.

Filename: DotSplit.java


Alternative Ways

There are many other ways to split the string. One way is to use the StringTokenizer class. StringTokenizer class is a legacy class and should be used with caution.

Putting necessary test cases

Before you want to split a string according to a particular character, it is advisable to test whether it appears i n the string. You can do so by using the contains() method.

The logic goes as below:

And, that’s the end of the tutorial. If you have any other questions, don’t forget to comment below and let us know.

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  • João Santos

    Good subject. I hope you also do a tutorial like this for Ruby.

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