Different Ways to Iterate over a Map in Java

Map<k, v>

A Map has Set of key value pairs. One key refers to only one value as such a map cannot contain duplicate keys.

package com.memorynotfound.collections.map;

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Iterator;
import java.util.Map;

 * @author MemoryNotFound.com
public class MapIterateProgram {

    public static void main(String... args){

        Map<Integer, String> beers = new HashMap<Integer, String>();
        beers.put(1, "La Chouffe");
        beers.put(2, "Stella Artois");
        beers.put(3, "Jupiler");
        beers.put(4, "Westmalle Tripel");

        // Using iterator
        Iterator it = beers.entrySet().iterator();
        while (it.hasNext()){
            Map.Entry<Integer, String> beer = (Map.Entry)it.next();
            beerPrinter(beer.getKey(), beer.getValue());

        // Enhanced for loop
        for (Map.Entry<Integer, String> beer : beers.entrySet()) {
            beerPrinter(beer.getKey(), beer.getValue());

        // JDK 8 for each with lambda
        beers.forEach((k, v) -> beerPrinter(k, v));

        // JDK 8 for each


    private static void beerPrinter(Integer number, String brand){
        System.out.println("favorite beer nr: " + number + " is " + brand);

note: If you want to use the JDK 8 way (lambda expression, method reference) you of course need to use the new JDK-8 in your project.

Sample output

favorite beer nr: 1 is La Chouffe
favorite beer nr: 2 is Stella Artois
favorite beer nr: 3 is Jupiler
favorite beer nr: 4 is Westmalle tripel

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