Java Object Class Methods

The Object class in Java is the root of the class hierarchy. Every class in Java inherits from the Object class, making its methods available to all Java objects. Understanding the methods of the Object class is fundamental to mastering Java programming as these methods provide essential functionality for all objects.

This guide covers various methods available in the Object class. Each method is described in simple terms to help beginners understand how to use them. These methods include essential operations such as object cloning, comparison, notification, and string representation.

For more detailed information, please refer to the official Java SE Documentation

Java Object Class Methods

The table below contains various methods of the Java Object class, each with a link to a detailed explanation, examples, and real-world uses. Click on the method names to learn more about how to use them effectively in your applications.

Method Description
clone() Creates and returns a copy of this object.
equals() Compares this object to the specified object for equality.
finalize() Called by the garbage collector on an object when garbage collection determines that there are no more references to the object.
hashCode() Returns a hash code value for the object.
getClass() Returns the runtime class of this object.
notify() Wakes up a single thread that is waiting on this object's monitor.
toString() Returns a string representation of the object.
wait() Causes the current thread to wait until another thread invokes the notify() method or the notifyAll() method for this object.