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Java notify() Method in Threads Synchronization with Examples

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The notify() method is defined in the Object class, which is Java’s top-level class. It’s used to wake up only one thread that’s waiting for an object, and that thread then begins execution. The thread class notify() method is used to wake up a single thread. If multiple threads are waiting for notification, and we use the notify() method, only one thread will receive the notification, and the others will have to wait for more. This method does not return any value.

It is used with the wait() method, in order to communicate between the threads as a thread that goes into waiting for state by wait() method, will be there until any other thread calls either notify() or notifyAll() method.


public final void notify() ; 

Return: No return value


IllegalMonitorStateException: This exception throws if the current thread is not 
owner of the object's monitor


  • The synchronized keyword is used for exclusive accessing.
  • wait() instructs the calling thread to shut down the monitor and sleep until another thread enters the monitor and calls notify().
  • notify() wakes up the first thread that is called wait() on the same object.

Example of Java notify() Method


// Java program to Illustrate notify() method in Thread
// Synchronization.
// Importing required classes
import java.util.*;
// Class 1
// Thread1
// Helper class extending Thread class
public class GFG {
    // Main driver method
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // Creating object(thread) of class 2
        Thread2 objB = new Thread2();
        // Starting the thread
        synchronized (objB)
            // Try block to check for exceptions
            try {
                // Display message only
                    "Waiting for Thread 2 to complete...");
                // wait() method for thread to be in waiting
                // state
            // Catch block to handle the exceptions
            catch (InterruptedException e) {
                // Print the exception along with line
                // number using printStackTrace() method
            // Print and display the total threads on the
            // console
            System.out.println("Total is: " +;
// Class 2
// Thread2
// Helper class extending Thread class
class Thread2 extends Thread {
    int total;
    // run() method  which is called automatically when
    // start() is initiated for the same
    // @Override
    public void run()
        synchronized (this)
            // iterating over using the for loo
            for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
                total += i;
            // Waking up the thread in waiting state
            // using notify() method


Waiting for Thread 2 to complete...
Total is: 45

Last Updated : 28 Jun, 2023
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