Java ArrayList.get() – Examples

In this tutorial, we will learn about the Java ArrayList.get() method, and learn how to use this method to get the element in this ArrayList at specified position, with the help of examples.

get(int index)

ArrayList.get() returns the element at the specified position in this ArrayList.

Syntax

The syntax of get() method with index as argument is

ArrayList.get(int index)

where

ParameterDescription
indexThe index of the element which we would like to get from the ArrayList.

Returns

The method returns the element of the type present in ArrayList.

Example 1 – get(index)

In this example, we will define an ArrayList of Strings and initialize it with some elements in it. We will use ArrayList.get() method to get the elements at index 0, 1, 2 and 3 and print them to console.

Java Program

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class Example {  
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		ArrayList<String> arrayList = new ArrayList<String>();
		arrayList.add("a");
		arrayList.add("b");
		arrayList.add("c");
		arrayList.add("d");
		arrayList.add("e");

		System.out.println(arrayList.get(0));
		System.out.println(arrayList.get(1));
		System.out.println(arrayList.get(2));
		System.out.println(arrayList.get(3));
    }  
}

Output

a
b
c
d

Example 2 – get(index) – ArrayList of User-defined Objects

In this example, we will define an ArrayList that can store objects of type Car. We will use ArrayList.get() method to get the element at index 1 and print its properties to the console.

Java Program

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class Example {  
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		ArrayList<Car> arrayList = new ArrayList<Car>();
		arrayList.add(new Car(1, "Tesla"));
		arrayList.add(new Car(2, "BMW"));
		arrayList.add(new Car(3, "Toyota"));
		
		Car car = arrayList.get(1);
		System.out.println("The car id   is : " + car.id);
		System.out.println("The car name is : " + car.name);
    }  
}

class Car {
	int id;
	String name;
	public Car(int id, String name) {
		this.id = id;
		this.name = name;
	}
}

Output

The car id   is : 2
The car name is : BMW

Example 3 – get(index) – java.lang.IndexOutOfBoundsException

In this example, we will create and initialize an ArrayList with five elements. We will try to access an element at index 14. Since, the index is out of bounds for the ArrayList, get() method throws java.lang.IndexOutOfBoundsException.

Java Program

import java.util.ArrayList;

public class Example {  
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		ArrayList<String> arrayList = new ArrayList<String>();
		arrayList.add("a");
		arrayList.add("b");
		arrayList.add("c");
		arrayList.add("d");
		arrayList.add("e");

		System.out.println(arrayList.get(14));
    }  
}

Output

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.IndexOutOfBoundsException: Index 14 out-of-bounds for length 5
	at java.base/jdk.internal.util.Preconditions.outOfBounds(Unknown Source)
	at java.base/jdk.internal.util.Preconditions.outOfBoundsCheckIndex(Unknown Source)
	at java.base/jdk.internal.util.Preconditions.checkIndex(Unknown Source)
	at java.base/java.util.Objects.checkIndex(Unknown Source)
	at java.base/java.util.ArrayList.get(Unknown Source)
	at Example.main(Example.java:12)

Conclusion

In this Java Tutorial, we have learnt the syntax of Java ArrayList.get() method, and also learnt how to use this method with the help of Java example programs.