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Stream skip() method in Java with examples
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 06 Dec, 2018

Prerequisite : Streams in java
The skip(long N) is a method of object. This method takes one long (N) as an argument and returns a stream after removing first N elements. skip() can be quite expensive on ordered parallel pipelines, if the value of N is large, because skip(N) is constrained to skip the first N elements in the encounter order and not just any n elements.
Note : If a stream contains less than N elements, then an empty stream is returned.

Syntax :

Stream<T> skip(long N)

Where N is the number of elements to be skipped
and this function returns new stream as output.

Exception : If the value of N is negative, then IllegalArgumentException is thrown by the function.

Example 1 : Implementation of skip function.

// Java code for skip() function
import java.util.*;
class GFG {
    // Driver code
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // Creating a list of integers
        List<Integer> list = new ArrayList<Integer>();
        // adding elements in the list
        // setting the value of N as 4
        int limit = 4;
        int count = 0;
        Iterator<Integer> it = list.iterator();
        // Iterating through the list of integers
        while (it.hasNext()) {
            // Check if first four i.e, (equal to N)
            // integers are iterated.
            if (count <= limit) {
                // If yes then remove first N elements.
        System.out.print("New stream is : ");
        // Displaying new stream
        for (Integer number : list) {
            System.out.print(number + " ");

Output :

New stream is : 6 8 10 12 14 16 

Application :

// Java code for skip() function
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
 class gfg{
     // Function to skip the elements of stream upto given range, i.e, 3
     public static Stream<String> skip_func(Stream<String> ss, int range){
         return ss.skip(range);
     // Driver code
     public static void main(String[] args){
         // list to save stream of strings
         List<String> arr = new ArrayList<>();
         Stream<String> str =;
         // calling function to skip the elements to range 3
         Stream<String> sk = skip_func(str,3);

Output :


Difference between limit() and skip() :

  1. The limit() method returns a reduced stream of first N elements but skip() method returns a stream of remaining elements after skipping first N elements.
  2. limit() is a short-circuiting stateful intermediate operation i.e, when processed with an infinite input, it may produce a finite stream as a result without processing the entire input but skip() is a stateful intermediate operation i.e, it may need to process the entire input before producing a result.

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