12 Dezember 2017

Recently I had to find a way to flatten a java.util.List that contains another java.util.List using Java 8 streams. Let’s take the following java.util.List manyLists as example.

List<List<String>> manyLists = new ArrayList<>();

manyLists.add(Arrays.asList("A", "B", "C"));
manyLists.add(Arrays.asList("X", "Y", "Z"));
manyLists.add(Arrays.asList("1", "2", "3"));

Before Java 8 I would have implemented it maybe like that

List<String> all = new ArrayList<>();

for (List<String> list: manyLists) {

Since we got streams in Java 8 there is another possibly to solve the problem

List<String> all = manyLists.stream()
        .flatMap(List::stream) (1)
        .collect(Collectors.toList()); (2)

  1. flattens the List<List<String>> to a stream of List<String>

  2. returns the stream a new list

This results in [A, B, C, X, Y, Z, 1, 2, 3].

Tags: java, java8