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How to remove an element from ArrayList in Java?
  • Difficulty Level : Easy
  • Last Updated : 10 Jan, 2019
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There are two way to remove an element from ArrayList.

1. By using remove() methods :
ArrayList provides two overloaded remove() method.
a. remove(int index) : Accept index of object to be removed.
b. remove(Obejct obj) : Accept object to be removed.

What happens when we have an integer arrayList and we want to remove an item? For example consider below program.




// Java program to demonstrate working of remove
// on an integer arraylist
import java.util.List;
import java.util.ArrayList;
  
public class GFG
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        List<Integer> al = new ArrayList<>();
        al.add(10);
        al.add(20);
        al.add(30);
        al.add(1);
        al.add(2);
  
        // This makes a call to remove(int) and 
        // removes element 20.
        al.remove(1);
          
        // Now element 30 is moved one position back
        // So element 30 is removed this time
        al.remove(1);
  
        System.out.println("Modified ArrayList : " + al);
    }
}

Output :

Modified ArrayList : [10, 1, 2]

We can see that the passed parameter is considered as index. How to remove elements by value.






// Java program to demonstrate working of remove
// on an integer arraylist
import java.util.List;
import java.util.ArrayList;
  
public class GFG
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        List<Integer> al = new ArrayList<>();
        al.add(10);
        al.add(20);
        al.add(30);
        al.add(1);
        al.add(2);
  
        // This makes a call to remove(Object) and 
        // removes element 1
        al.remove(new Integer(1));
          
        // This makes a call to remove(Object) and 
        // removes element 2
        al.remove(new Integer(2));
  
        System.out.println("Modified ArrayList : " + al);
    }
}

Output :

Modified ArrayList : [10, 20, 30]

 

2. Using Iterator.remove() method :
It is not recommended to use ArrayList.remove() when iterating over elements. This may lead to ConcurrentModificationException (Refer this for a sample program with this exception). When iterating over elements, it is recommended to use Iterator.remove() method .




// Java program to demonstrate working of
// Iterator.remove() on an integer arraylist
import java.util.List;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Iterator;
  
public class GFG
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        List<Integer> al = new ArrayList<>();
        al.add(10);
        al.add(20);
        al.add(30);
        al.add(1);
        al.add(2);
  
        // Remove elements smaller than 10 using
        // Iterator.remove()
        Iterator itr = al.iterator();
        while (itr.hasNext())
        {
            int x = (Integer)itr.next();
            if (x < 10)
                itr.remove();
        }
  
        System.out.println("Modified ArrayList : "
                                           + al);
    }
}

Output :

Modified ArrayList : [10, 20, 30]

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