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Java Language Iterating through the contents of a Map


Maps provide methods which let you access the keys, values, or key-value pairs of the map as collections. You can iterate through these collections. Given the following map for example:

Map<String, Integer> repMap = new HashMap<>();
repMap.put("Jon Skeet", 927_654);
repMap.put("BalusC", 708_826);
repMap.put("Darin Dimitrov", 715_567);

Iterating through map keys:

for (String key : repMap.keySet()) {


Darin Dimitrov
Jon Skeet

keySet() provides the keys of the map as a Set. Set is used as the keys cannot contain duplicate values. Iterating through the set yields each key in turn. HashMaps are not ordered, so in this example the keys may be returned in any order.

Iterating through map values:

for (Integer value : repMap.values()) {



values() returns the values of the map as a Collection. Iterating through the collection yields each value in turn. Again, the values may be returned in any order.

Iterating through keys and values together

for (Map.Entry<String, Integer> entry : repMap.entrySet()) {
    System.out.printf("%s = %d\n", entry.getKey(), entry.getValue());


Darin Dimitrov = 715567
Jon Skeet = 927654
BalusC = 708826

entrySet() returns a collection of Map.Entry objects. Map.Entry gives access to the key and value for each entry.