Gnaniyar Zubair Gnaniyar Zubair - 3 months ago 25
Java Question

Remove Null Value from String array in java

How to remove null value from String array in java?

String[] firstArray = {"test1","","test2","test4",""};


I need the "firstArray" without null ( empty) values like this

String[] firstArray = {"test1","test2","test4"};

Answer

If you want to avoid fencepost errors and avoid moving and deleting items in an array, here is a somewhat verbose solution that uses List:

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class RemoveNullValue {
  public static void main( String args[] ) {
    String[] firstArray = {"test1", "", "test2", "test4", "", null};

    List<String> list = new ArrayList<String>();

    for(String s : firstArray) {
       if(s != null && s.length() > 0) {
          list.add(s);
       }
    }

    firstArray = list.toArray(new String[list.size()]);
  }
}

Added null to show the difference between an empty String instance ("") and null.

Since this answer is around 4.5 years old, I'm adding a Java 8 example:

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.stream.Collectors;

public class RemoveNullValue {
    public static void main( String args[] ) {
        String[] firstArray = {"test1", "", "test2", "test4", "", null};

        firstArray = Arrays.stream(firstArray)
                     .filter(s -> (s != null && s.length() > 0))
                     .toArray(String[]::new);    

    }
}