How to check whether particular element is present in ArrayList

In this article, we will discuss an example on how to search whether particular element present in ArrayList or NOT


Searching element from ArrayList using contains() method :

Method signature: boolean contains(Object o);

boolean contains(Object o);
  • This method is used to search specified object from invoking collection
  • Returns true, if present; otherwise return false


import java.util.ArrayList;

public class SearchElementFromArrayList {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

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

		// adding elements to ArrayList object
		al.add("Sundar Pichai");
		al.add("Satya Nadella");  
		al.add("Shiv Nadar");  
		al.add("Shantanu Narayen");
		al.add("Sundar Pichai"); // duplicate object
		al.add("Francisco D’Souza");
		al.add(null); // null is allowed

		// Iterating using for-loop
		System.out.println("Iterating using enhanced for-loop\n");
		for(String founder : al) {

		// searching element
		boolean boolElement = al.contains("Satya Nadella");
		System.out.println("\n\nWhether element Satya Nadella' "
				+ "is present : " + boolElement);

		// searching and printing in same line
		System.out.println("\n\nWhether element 'Francisco D’Souza' "
				+ "is present : " + al.contains("Francisco D’Souza"));

		// searching and printing in same line
		System.out.println("\n\nWhether element 'Narayan Murthy' "
				+ "is present : " + al.contains("Narayan Murthy"));


Iterating using enhanced for-loop

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

Whether element 'Satya Nadella' is present : true

Whether element 'Francisco D’Souza' is present : true

Whether element 'Narayan Murthy' is present : false

From above example, ArrayList

  • allows duplicate elements
  • null object is allowed
  • while iterating insertion order is maintained




Happy Coding !!
Happy Learning !!

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