Can anyone please let me know how to compare strings in Java?

I used the == operator in my code to compare strings. But I came to know that it is better to use .equals() instead to avoid any weird bug.

Please let me know whether it is not recommended to use == and what is the difference between these two approaches.


  • .equals() is used to check value equality.

    == is used to check reference equality.

    If you want to test two strings for the same value you have to use .equals() function. Hope it is clear.

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