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Java String contentEquals() Method

❮ String Methods


Find out if a string contains a sequence of characters:

String myStr = "Hello";
System.out.println(myStr.contentEquals("Hello"));  // true
System.out.println(myStr.contentEquals("e"));      // false
System.out.println(myStr.contentEquals("Hi"));     // false

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Definition and Usage

The contentEquals() method searches a string to find out if it contains the exact same sequence of characters in the specified string or StringBuffer.

Returns true if the characters exist and false if not.


There are 2 contentEquals() methods:

public boolean contentEquals(StringBuffer chars)
public boolean contentEquals(CharSequence chars)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
StringBuffer chars The StringBuffer to be searched for
CharSequence chars The sequence of characters to be searched for

The StringBuffer class is like a String, only it can be modified, found in the java.lang package.

The CharSequence interface is a readable sequence of char values, found in the java.lang package.

Technical Details

Returns: A boolean, indicating whether the exact same sequence of characters exist in the specified string (or StringBuffer):
  • true - sequence of characters exists
  • false - sequence of characters do not exist
Java Version: 1.4 (contentEquals (StringBuffer chars))
1.5 (contentEquals (CharSequence chars))

❮ String Methods