Monday, May 23, 2022

Thread States (Thread Life Cycle) in Java Multi-Threading

It is important to know the lifecycle of a thread in Java and various states a Java thread can be in. That will give an idea about what happens after creating a thread in Java and after calling the start() method on a thread. In this post we'll see various Thread states in Java multi-threading.

In order to begin execution of the thread's run() method you need to call the start() method on the thread. That is when Java Virtual Machine calls the run method of the thread.

Once scheduled to run by JVM a thread will run when its gets CPU cycle. A thread may be in waiting, blocked or running state after scheduled to run and later transitions to terminated state.

Java thread states

Thread states in Java or the Java thread cycle is as follows.

New state

When a thread is created either by extending Thread class or implementing Runnable interface it is in "New State".

Thread thread1 = new ThreadDemoClass();

When a thread is in "New" state it is not yet scheduled to run.

Runnable state

When start() method is called on the thread object, that causes the thread to begin execution and it's the Java Virtual Machine that calls the run() method of the thread.

Thread thread1 = new ThreadDemoClass();

This thread state is called Runnable as thread may not start running as soon as the start() method is called. It depends on the native OS when it schedules the thread to start running. A thread starts running when it gets the CPU cycle. A running thread may change state to waiting, blocked, runnable again and terminated.

Blocked state

When a resource is shared among various threads then a thread may go into blocked state as the resource may be used by another thread. In that case a thread has to suspend its execution because it is waiting to acquire a lock.
As example in case of synchronized block where only one thread can enter that block of code.

synchronized (object reference) {   
  //code that uses shared resource 

A thread in Java is also in blocked state when waiting for some IO to complete.

Waiting state

A thread that is waiting indefinitely for another thread to perform a particular action is in the waiting state.
As example A thread is waiting because of a call to wait() or join() method where no time of waiting is specified as parameter.


A thread that is waiting for another thread to perform an action for up to a specified waiting time is in this state.
As exp. A thread is waiting because of a call to wait() or join() method where time of waiting is specified as parameter. Calling sleep(long millis) will also result in a thread entering a TIMED_WAITING state.

Example with Sleep

Thread myThread = new MyThreadClass();
try {
} catch (InterruptedException e){


A thread that has exited is in terminated state. This happens when the thread has completed executing the run() method. A thread may also be terminated any time by calling its stop() method (note that Thread.stop() is deprecated and it is inherently unsafe)

thread states in java
Various thread states

Getting thread's state in Java

Thread class has a method getState(), using that method you can get the current state of a thread. This method returns Thread.State enum which has constants for all the above mentioned thread states.

public class ThreadStates {

 public static void main(String[] args) {
  Thread thread = new Thread(new MyThread(), "MyThread");
  displayState("State after creation", thread);
  // Calling start method
  try {
   // sleep method on Main thread 
   displayState("After starting ", thread);
  } catch (InterruptedException e) {
   // TODO Auto-generated catch block
  displayState("State after running ", thread);
 public static void displayState(String msg, Thread thread){
  System.out.println(msg + "- " + "Thread Name- " + thread.getName() 
     + " State- " +  thread.getState());

class MyThread implements Runnable{
  public void run() {
    ThreadStates.displayState("State in run method ", Thread.currentThread());
    System.out.println("In run method of MyThread --" + Thread.currentThread().getName());   
    try {
    } catch (InterruptedException e) {
      // TODO Auto-generated catch block
    ThreadStates.displayState("In run method after sleep", Thread.currentThread());  


State after creation- Thread Name- MyThread State- NEW
State in run method - Thread Name- MyThread State- RUNNABLE
In run method of MyThread --MyThread
After starting - Thread Name- MyThread State- TIMED_WAITING
In run method after sleep- Thread Name- MyThread State- RUNNABLE
State after running - Thread Name- MyThread State- TERMINATED

That's all for this topic Thread States (Thread Life Cycle) in Java Multi-Threading . If you have any doubt or any suggestions to make please drop a comment. Thanks!

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1 comment:

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    Thanks for sharing!