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Java String split() Method

In this post we will learn how we can convert a comma-separated String into the arrayList in Java. The split() method that splits the String into array of sub-string based on the given delimiter or regular expression.


str.split(regex, limit);


  • regex – Regular expression or Delimiter(common(,) and space are mostly used) to split the string to array
  • limit – number of elements in the returned array. However when the limit is zero then the returned array would be having all the substrings excluding the trailing empty Strings.



if the syntax of specified regular expression or a delimiter is not valid.


In this below code, we split the String by comma(,) to array of String. Use Arrays.asList to convert the java.util.Arrays to java.util.ArrayList

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;

public class SplitJavaMethod {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		 String str = "Parker, Harry, Jim, Gamma, Sigma";
		 // To array
		 String[] arr = str.split(",");
		 System.out.println("string Array   : " + Arrays.toString(arr));

		 List<String> l = Arrays.asList(str.split(","));
		 System.out.println("Fixed-size List: " + l);

		 List<String> l2 = new ArrayList<>(Arrays.asList(str.split(",")));
		 System.out.println("To ArrayList   : " + l2);



string Array   : [Parker,  Harry,  Jim,  Gamma,  Sigma]
Fixed-size List: [Parker,  Harry,  Jim,  Gamma,  Sigma]
To ArrayList   : [Parker,  Harry,  Jim,  Gamma,  Sigma]

Passing the limit parameter

String str = "Hai! Welocome Poopcode Reader.";
// To array
System.out.println("String Array with limit   : " + Arrays.toString(str.split(" ", 2)));
System.out.println("String Array without limit: " + Arrays.toString(str.split(" ")));

//String Array with limit   : [Hai!, Welocome Poopcode Reader.]
//String Array without limit: [Hai!, Welocome, Poopcode, Reader.]

In the above code snippet, i have passed the limit 2 into the split() method it result with the array length of 2.

Hope this post is useful and understandable 🙂

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