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Java String equals() Method

❮ String Methods


Compare strings to find out if they are equal:

String myStr1 = "Hello";
String myStr2 = "Hello";
String myStr3 = "Another String";
System.out.println(myStr1.equals(myStr2)); // Returns true because they are equal
System.out.println(myStr1.equals(myStr3)); // false

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Definition and Usage

The equals() method compares two strings, and returns true if the strings are equal, and false if not.

Tip: Use the compareTo() method to compare two strings lexicographically.


public boolean equals(Object anotherObject)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
anotherObject An Object, representing the other string to be compared

Technical Details

Returns: A boolean value:
  • true - if the strings are equal
  • false - if the strings are not equal
Overrides: equals in class Object

❮ String Methods