Class getName() method in Java with Examples

The getName() method of java.lang.Class class is used to get the name of this entity. This entity can be a class, an array, an interface, etc. The method returns the name of the entity as a String.

Syntax:

public String getName()

Parameter: This method does not accept any paramter.

Return Value: This method returns the name of the entity as a String.

Below programs demonstrate the getName() method.



Example 1:

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// Java program to demonstrate getName() method
  
public class Test {
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws ClassNotFoundException
    {
  
        // returns the Class object for this class
        Class myClass = Class.forName("Test");
  
        System.out.println("Class represented by myClass: "
                           + myClass.toString());
  
        // Get the name of myClass
        // using getName() method
        System.out.println("Name of myClass: "
                           + myClass.getName());
    }
}

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Output:

Class represented by myClass: class Test
Name of myClass: Test

Example 2:

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// Java program to demonstrate getName() method
  
public class Test {
  
    class Arr {
    }
  
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws ClassNotFoundException
    {
  
        // returns the Class object for A
        Class arrClass = Arr.class;
  
        // Get the name of arrClass
        // using getName() method
        System.out.println("Name of arrClass: "
                           + arrClass.getName());
    }
}

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Output:

Name of arrClass: Test$Arr

Reference: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/9/docs/api/java/lang/Class.html#getName–

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