Java ArrayList contains() method with example

Java ArrayList contains() method Returns true if this list contains the specified element. More formally, returns true if and only if this list contains at least one element e such that (o==null ? e==null : o.equals(e)).

Method Signature

public boolean contains(Object o)

Specified by:

contains method in interface Collection

Specified by:

contains method in interface List


Overrides:contains in class AbstractCollection


o – element whose presence in this list is to be tested


true if this list contains the specified element

ArrayList contains() method implementation

ArrayList contains(Object o) method internally refer index(Object o) method.

public boolean contains(Object o) {
        return indexOf(o) >= 0;

Java ArrayList contains() method example


import java.util.ArrayList;

public class ContainsExample {

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		// create empty array list with String type
		ArrayList<String> stringList = new ArrayList<String>();

		// add() method to add String element in the list

		// create empty array list with Integer type
		ArrayList<Integer> numericList = new ArrayList<Integer>();

		// add() method to add Integer element in the list

		boolean listContains = stringList.contains("java");

		System.out.println("List contains java :  " + listContains);

		listContains = stringList.contains("Java");

		System.out.println("List contains Java :  " + listContains);

		listContains = numericList.contains(10);

		System.out.println("List contains 10 :  " + listContains);

		listContains = numericList.contains(11);

		System.out.println("List contains 11 :  " + listContains);

		for (Integer integer : numericList) {
			if (numericList.contains("25")) {
				System.out.println("If list contains 25 then do something");




List contains java : false
List contains Java : true
List contains 10 : true
List contains 11 : false

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