Saturday, December 8, 2012

How to Read Input From Console in Java using Scanner Example

Apart from reading file, Scanner can also read user input from Console in Java. Just like in case of reading file, we have provided File as source for scanning, We need to provide as source to scan for user input in Console. Once you created and initialized java.util.Scanner, you can use its various read method to read input from user. If you want to read String, you can use nextLine(), if you want to read integer numbers, you can use nextInt(). Subsequently you can use nextFloat() to read float input, nextDouble() to read double input etc. Scanner class also allows you to define your own pattern and scan for that.

Reading User Input using Scanner in Java - Example

How to read user input using Scanner in Java with ExampleLet's see a complete code example of reading user input using Scanner class. In this Java program we are reading User Input in form of String using Scanner's nextLine() method and numbers particular integer using nextInt() method of Scanner. Scanner is created by passing  which is a InputStream as source which means it will scan input console for data.

 * Java program to read input from console using Scanner in Java
 * We pass as source to Scanner which then scan Console for user input
 * @author

public class UserInputExample {

    public static void main(String args[]) {
        //Creating Scanner instance to scan console for User input
        Scanner console = new Scanner(;
        System.out.println("System is ready to accept input, please enter name : ");
        String name = console.nextLine();
        System.out.println("Hi " + name + ", Can you enter an int number now?");
        int number = console.nextInt();
        System.out.println("You have entered : " + number);
        System.out.println("Thank you");

System is ready to accept input, please enter name :
Hi John, Can you enter an int number now?
You have entered : 56
Thank you

That's all on How to read user input using Scanner in Java program. Scanner allows you to read various types of input directly from User without extra conversion e.g. you can read int, float, long , double or String directly.

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1 comment:

  1. Can we get numbers as input through console? I have a program which takes two numbers and check if second number is factor of first number, but I heard we can only pass String as input through console. Please help


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