LinkedHashSet class

In this article, we will discuss LinkedHashSet class – one of the Set implemented classes in detail

LinkedHashSet is exactly same as that of HashSet but preserving insertion order



  • LinkedHashSet is implementation class of Set interface (i.e.; LinkedHashSet implements Set)
  • This is introduced in Java 1.4 version
  • LinkedHashSet uses combination of LinkedList & hash table to store element/objects
  • Duplicate element/objects are NOT allowed
  • If duplicate value is added again and again, there won’t be any compile-time or runtime errors, simply add(object) method returns false for already containing object inside LinkedHashSet
  • At any time, LinkedHashSet contains only unique element/objects
  • Insertion order is maintained
  • While iterating through LinkedHashSet, we will get items as per insertion order
  • Allows NULL insertion but maximum of only one NULL value
  • Without generics, LinkedHashSet allows to insert any type of objects; with generics, it is type-bounded (except, if we take Object as type within angle brackets)
  • LinkedHashSet is non-synchronized
  • Present in java.util package and extends java.util.HashSet implements java.util.Set interface
  • Also, implements java.lang.Cloneable, marker interfaces which provides special ability to LinkedHashSet (provided by JVM at run time)

Cloneable: to create a duplicate object or to clone an object

Serializable: to transfer objects across network


Source: Team BenchResources.Net


LinkedHashSet constructors:

LinkedHashSet hs = new LinkedHashSet();

  • creates an empty LinkedHashSet object of size 16 with default fill ratio 0.75


LinkedHashSet hs = new LinkedHashSet(int initialCapacity);

  • creates an empty LinkedHashSet object of specified size (or initial capacity) with default fill ratio 0.75


LinkedHashSet hs = new LinkedHashSet(int initialCapacity, float loadFactor);

  • creates an empty LinkedHashSet object of specified size (or initial capacity) and specified fill ratio (for example 0.85)


LinkedHashSet hs = new LinkedHashSet(Collection c);

  • created an equivalent LinkedHashSet object for the specified collection
  • it is basically used for inter-conversion between collection objects


Fill ratio (or Load factor)

  • Fill ratio is also known as Load factor
  • This factor determines when to increase the size of LinkedHashSet automatically
  • For example, for the 1st two constructors the default load factor is 75 –> which means after filling 75 % of LinkedHashSet, new LinkedHashSet of bigger size will be created
  • For 3rd constructor, programmer can define load factor while creating LinkedHashSet object. If programmer define it to be 0.95, then after filling 95% of LinkedHashSet, size of LinkedHashSet will be increased automatically
  • The value of Load factor should be in between 0 to 1.0


LinkedHashSet examples:


import java.util.LinkedHashSet;
import java.util.Iterator;

public class LinkedHashSetAddAndRemove {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		// creating LinkedHashSet object of type String
		LinkedHashSet<String> lhs = new LinkedHashSet<String>();

		// adding elements to LinkedHashSet object
		lhs.add("Sundar Pichai");
		lhs.add("Satya Nadella");  
		lhs.add("Shiv Nadar");  
		lhs.add("Shantanu Narayen");
		lhs.add("Sundar Pichai"); // adding duplicate element
		lhs.add("Francisco D’Souza");

		// adding null element to LinkedHashSet lhs
		lhs.add(null); // 2nd null is added, lhs will have one NULL

		// creating Iterator reference
		Iterator<String> ceo = lhs.iterator();

		System.out.println("Iterating using Iterator\n");

		// iterating using while loop
		while (ceo.hasNext()){

		System.out.println("\n\nprinting inside square brackets []");



Iterating using Iterator

Sundar Pichai
Satya Nadella
Shiv Nadar
Shantanu Narayen
Francisco D’Souza

printing inside square brackets []
[Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella, Shiv Nadar, Shantanu Narayen, 
Francisco D’Souza, null]


Difference between HashSet and LinkedHashSet?

The main difference between HashSet and LinkedHashSet is insertion order.

HashSet doesn’t maintain insertion order and print values in random order while iterating, whereas LinkedHashSet maintains insertion order as seen in above example


Note: All methods of LinkedHashSet is non-synchronized but it can be easily converted into synchronized LinkedHashSet using utility method of java.util.Collections class

Set set = Collections.synchronizedSet(lhs);





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