Java ArrayList ensureCapacity() method with example

Java ArrayList ensureCapacity() method Increases the capacity of this ArrayList instance, if necessary, to ensure that it can hold at least the number of elements specified by the minimum capacity argument.

Method Signature

public void ensureCapacity(int minCapacity)


minCapacity – the desired minimum capacity

ArrayList ensureCapacity() method implementation

public void ensureCapacity(int minCapacity) {
        int minExpand = (elementData != DEFAULTCAPACITY_EMPTY_ELEMENTDATA)
            // any size if not default element table
            ? 0
            // larger than default for default empty table. It's already
            // supposed to be at default size.
            : DEFAULT_CAPACITY;

        if (minCapacity > minExpand) {
private void ensureExplicitCapacity(int minCapacity) {

        // overflow-conscious code
        if (minCapacity - elementData.length > 0)
 private void grow(int minCapacity) {
        // overflow-conscious code
        int oldCapacity = elementData.length;
        int newCapacity = oldCapacity + (oldCapacity >> 1);
        if (newCapacity - minCapacity < 0)
            newCapacity = minCapacity;
        if (newCapacity - MAX_ARRAY_SIZE > 0)
            newCapacity = hugeCapacity(minCapacity);
        // minCapacity is usually close to size, so this is a win:
        elementData = Arrays.copyOf(elementData, newCapacity);

Java ArrayList ensureCapacity() method example


import java.util.ArrayList;

public class EnsureCapacityExample {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		// create empty array list with Integer type
		ArrayList<Integer> numericList = new ArrayList<Integer>(2);

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

		 * ensure that the ArrayList can hold upto 20 elements using ensureCapacity()
		 * method. If don't have enough capacity will increase the capacity of the
		 * ArrayList to 20 elements
		for (Integer numbers : numericList) {
			System.out.println(" Numbers : "+numbers);



Numbers : 10
Numbers : 15
Numbers : 20
Numbers : 25
Numbers : 30

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