Ways to read input from console in Java
In Java, there are four different ways for reading input from the user in the command line environment(console).
1.Using Buffered Reader Class
This is the Java classical method to take input, Introduced in JDK1.0. This method is used by wrapping the System.in (standard input stream) in an InputStreamReader which is wrapped in a BufferedReader, we can read input from the user in the command line.
- The input is buffered for efficient reading.
- The wrapping code is hard to remember.
To read other types, we use functions like Integer.parseInt(), Double.parseDouble(). To read multiple values, we use split().
2. Using Scanner Class
This is probably the most preferred method to take input. The main purpose of the Scanner class is to parse primitive types and strings using regular expressions, however, it is also can be used to read input from the user in the command line.
- Convenient methods for parsing primitives (nextInt(), nextFloat(), …) from the tokenized input.
- Regular expressions can be used to find tokens.
- The reading methods are not synchronized
To see more differences, please see this article.
GeeksforGeeks 12 3.4
You entered string GeeksforGeeks You entered integer 12 You entered float 3.4
3. Using Console Class
It has been becoming a preferred way for reading user’s input from the command line. In addition, it can be used for reading password-like input without echoing the characters entered by the user; the format string syntax can also be used (like System.out.printf()).
- Reading password without echoing the entered characters.
- Reading methods are synchronized.
- Format string syntax can be used.
- Does not work in non-interactive environment (such as in an IDE).
You entered string GeeksforGeeks
Most used user input for competitive coding. The command-line arguments are stored in the String format. The parseInt method of the Integer class converts string argument into Integer. Similarly, for float and others during execution. The usage of args comes into existence in this input form. The passing of information takes place during the program run. The command line is given to args. These programs have to be run on cmd.
Command Line Arguments:
javac GFG1.java java Main Hello World
The command line arguments are: Hello World
Please refer this for more faster ways of reading input.
This article is contributed by D Raj Ranu. If you like GeeksforGeeks and would like to contribute, you can also write an article using contribute.geeksforgeeks.org or mail your article to email@example.com. See your article appearing on the GeeksforGeeks main page and help other Geeks.
Please write comments if you find anything incorrect, or you want to share more information about the topic discussed above.
Attention reader! Don’t stop learning now. Participate in the Scholorship Test for First-Step-to-DSA Course for Class 9 to 12 students.