Chris Chris - 4 months ago 4x
Java Question

How to check if internet connection is present in java?

How do you check if you can connect to the internet via java? One way would be:

final URL url = new URL("");
final URLConnection conn = url.openConnection();
... if we got here, we should have net ...

But is there something more appropriate to perform that task, especially if you need to do consecutive checks very often and a loss of internet connection is highly probable?


You should connect to the place that your actual application needs. Otherwise you're testing whether you have a connection to somewhere irrelevant (Google in this case).

In particular, if you're trying to talk to a web service, and if you're in control of the web service, it would be a good idea to have some sort of cheap "get the status" web method. That way you have a much better idea of whether your "real" call is likely to work.

In other cases, just opening a connection to a port that should be open may be enough - or sending a ping. InetAddress.isReachable may well be an appropriate API for your needs here.