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Java char keyword

The Java char keyword is a primitive data type. It is used to declare the character-type variables and methods. It is capable of holding the unsigned 16-bit Unicode characters.

Points to remember

  • The char range lies between 0 to 65,535 (inclusive).
  • Its default value is '\u0000'.
  • Its default size is 2 byte.
  • It is used to store characters.
Java char keyword

Why char uses 2 bytes in java?

It is because Java uses Unicode system not ASCII code system.

What is \u0000 ?

The \u0000 is the lowest range of the Unicode system.

Examples of Java char keyword

Example 1

Let's see a simple example of displaying characters.


char1: a
char2: A

Example 2

In this example, we provide integer value to char variable. Here, compiler implicitly typecast integer to char and display the corresponding ASCII value.


char1: A
char2: a

Example 3

In this example, we typecast the integer value to char explicitly.


char1: a
char2: A

Example 4

Let's see an example to represent the char value in Unicode System.


char1: a
char2: A

Example 5

In this example, we increment the provided char value by 1.


char: B

Example 6

Let's see an example to break the string in the form of characters.


String: javatpoint
char: [j, a, v, a, t, p, o, i, n, t]

Example 7

Let's see an example to invoke the method of the char return type.


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