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Class getSuperclass() method in Java with Examples

  • Last Updated : 27 Jan, 2022

The getSuperclass() method of java.lang.Class class is used to get the super class of this entity. This entity can be a class, an array, an interface, etc. The method returns the super class of this entity.
Syntax: 
 

public Class<T> getSuperclass()

Parameter: This method does not accept any parameter.
Return Value: This method returns the super class of this entity.
Below programs demonstrate the getSuperclass() method.
Example 1:
 

Java




// Java program to demonstrate getSuperclass() 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 super class of myClass
        // using getSuperclass() method
        System.out.println("Superclass of myClass: "
                           + myClass.getSuperclass());
    }
}
Output: 
Class represented by myClass: class Test
Superclass of myClass: class java.lang.Object

 

Example 2:
 

Java




// Java program to demonstrate getSuperclass() method
 
public class Test {
 
    class Arr {
    }
 
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws ClassNotFoundException
    {
        // returns the Class object for Arr
        Class arrClass = Arr.class;
 
        // Get the super class of arrClass
        // using getSuperclass() method
        System.out.println("Superclass of arrClass: "
                           + arrClass.getSuperclass());
    }
}
Output: 
Superclass of arrClass: class java.lang.Object

 

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


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