Java 8 – Convert List to String comma separated

Convert a List<String> in a String with all the values of the List comma separated in Java 8 is really straightforward. Let’s have a look how to do that.

In Java 8:

We simply can write String.join(..), pass a delimiter and an Iterable and the new StringJoiner will do the rest:

In case we are working with a stream we can write as follow and still have the same result:

Note: you can statically import if you prefer just typing “joining“.

In Java 7:

For the old times’ sake, let’s have a look to Java 7 implementation.

As you can see it’s much more verbose and easier to make mistakes like forgetting to remove the last comma. You can implement this in several ways – for example by moving the logic that removes last comma inside the for-loop – but none will be so explicative and immediate to understand as the declarative solution expressed in Java 8.

Focus should be on what you want to do – joining a List of String – not on how.


Java 8: Manipulate String before joining

Before joining you can manipulate your String as you prefer by using map() or cutting some String out by using filter().  I’ll cover those topics in further articles. Meanwhile, this a straightforward example on how to transform the whole String in upper-case before joining them.

Java 8: From List to upper-case String comma separated

If you  want to find out more about stream, I strongly suggest this cool video of Venkat Subramaniam.

Let’s play

The best way to learn it’s playing! Copy this class with all the implementations discussed and play with that. There is already a small test for each of them 🙂

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