Conversion of Arrays to List

In this article, we will discuss how to convert Arrays into List using Arrays class’s utility asList() method

1. Conversion of Arrays to List using Arrays.asList(); method

Steps :

• Initialize Arrays with sample values, in our example we have got 2 Arrays viz.; Integer Arrays and String Arrays
• First, convert Integer Arrays to ArrayList using static utility method asList(); of Arrays class
• Print converted ArrayList in console using enhanced for-each loop
• Similarly, convert String Arrays to ArrayList and print to console

Method signature:

```public static List asList(Object[] oArray);
```

ConvertArraysIntoList.java

```package in.bench.resources.collection;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;

public class ConvertArraysIntoList {

public static void main(String[] args) {

Integer[] intArrays = {31, 83, 53, 97, 29, 7, 13,  47, 79};
String[] strArrays = {
"James",
"Bond",
"Michael",
"Pups",
"Jackson",
"Bird"
};

// 1. conversion of Integer Arrays to List
List<Integer> intList = Arrays.asList(intArrays);

System.out.println("1. Conversion of "
+ "Integer Arrays to List<Integer>\n");

// iterating using enhanced for-loop
for(int iVal : intList){
System.out.println(iVal);
}

// 2. conversion of String Arrays to List
List<String> strList = Arrays.asList(strArrays);

System.out.println("\n\n2. Conversion of "
+ "String Arrays to List<String>\n");

// iterating using enhanced for-loop
for(String strVal : strList){
System.out.println(strVal);
}
}
}
```

Output:

```1. Conversion of Integer Arrays to List<Integer>

31
83
53
97
29
7
13
47
79

2. Conversion of String Arrays to List<String>

James
Bond
Michael
Pups
Jackson
Bird
```

We can also convert List into Arrays using Collection interface’s toArray() method

2. Conversion of List into Arrays using toArrays(); method

Steps :

• Initialize ArrayList with sample values
• Convert ArrayList to Arrays using toArrays(); method, by passing to ArrayList‘s size
• Print converted String[] Arrays in console using enhanced for-each loop

Method signature:

```public Object toArrays();
```

ConvertListIntoArrays.java

```package in.bench.resources.java.collection;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;

public class ConvertListIntoArrays {

public static void main(String[] args) {

// creating ArrayList object of type String
ArrayList<String> al = new ArrayList<String>();

// adding elements to ArrayList object

// creating String Arrays using ArrayList size
// conversion of List to String Arrays
String[] founders = al.toArray(new String[al.size()]);

System.out.println("Conversion of "
+ "List<String> to String Arrays\n");

// print Arrays values
System.out.println(Arrays.toString(founders));
}
}
```

Output:

```Conversion of List<String> to String Arrays

[Narayan Murthy, Dinesh, Nandan Nilekeni, Ashok Arora,
Shibulal, Kris Gopalakrishnan, Raghavan]
```

Few important points about conversion of Arrays to List:

• This conversion, only provides the List view of Arrays elements; Not altogether separate list
• Performing any operation on elements will reflect on both Arrays as well as List
• But modification operations like adding/removing will throw UnsupportedOperationException
• If we take generic List<Object> or simply List while conversion, then after conversion adding any other type, other than Arrays type will throw ArrayStoreException

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