user2613413 user2613413 - 1 year ago 92
Java Question

Difference between "throw new Exception" and "new Exception"?

I am interested to know best practice to use "Throw new exception" and "new exception". In case of using "new exception", I have seen that code moves to next statement instead of throwing exception.

But I am told that we should "new Exception" to throw Runtime Exception.

Can anyone throw some light on this ?


Answer Source

new Exception() means create an instance (same as creating new Integer(...)) but no exception will happen until you throw it...

Consider following snippet:

public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

    private static void foo2(final int number) throws Exception {
    Exception ex;
    if (number < 0) {
        ex = new Exception("No negative number please!");
        // throw ex; //nothing happens until you throw it


    private static void foo(final int number) throws Exception {
    if (number < 0) {
        throw new Exception("No negative number please!");


the method foo() will THROW an exception if the parameter is negative but the method foo2() will create an instance of exception if the parameter is negative

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