Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Java Stream - limit() With Examples

In Java Stream API limit(long maxSize) method is used to truncate the stream so that it is not longer than maxSize in length and the method returns a stream consisting of that many elements of this stream.

Java Stream limit() method

Syntax of the limit method is as given below-

Stream<T> limit(long maxSize)

Here maxSize argument represents the number of elements the stream should be limited to.

If maxSize is negative then IllegalArgumentException is thrown otherwise a new Stream is returned which is no longer than maxSize in length.

Notes about limit() method

  • limit() is generally considered a cheap operation on sequential stream pipelines
  • limit() can be quite expensive on ordered parallel pipelines, since limit(n) is constrained to return not just any n elements, but the first n elements in the encounter order.
  • It is a short-circuiting stateful intermediate operation. Since limit() method returns a new stream that makes it a stateful intermediate operation. An intermediate operation is short-circuiting if, when presented with infinite input, it may produce a finite stream as a result.

limit() Java examples

1. Getting a sublist from a List by limiting the number of elements to the first n elements of the original list.

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.stream.Collectors;

public class StreamLimit {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    StreamLimit sl = new StreamLimit();
    List<Integer> numList = Arrays.asList(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10);
    List<Integer> subList = numList.stream().limit(5).collect(Collectors.toList());     
    System.out.println("Sublist after limiting elements- " + subList);


Sublist after limiting elements- [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

2. Getting 10 random numbers by using limit() with generate() method.

public class StreamLimit {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
          .map(n -> (int)(n * 100))

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