Java – String equals() Method


This method compares this string to the specified object. The result is true if and only if the argument is not null and is a String object that represents the same sequence of characters as this object.


Here is the syntax of this method:

public boolean equals(Object anObject)


Here is the detail of parameters:

  • anObject — the object to compare this String against.

Return Value :

This method returns true if the String are equal; false otherwise.


public class Test {

   public static void main(String args[]) {
      String Str1 = new String("This is really not immutable!!");
      String Str2 = Str1;
      String Str3 = new String("This is really not immutable!!");
      boolean retVal;

      retVal = Str1.equals( Str2 );
      System.out.println("Returned Value = " + retVal );

      retVal = Str1.equals( Str3 );
      System.out.println("Returned Value = " + retVal );

This produces following result:

Returned Value = true
Returned Value = true

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