Java.util.Arrays.binarySearch() Method



The java.util.Arrays.binarySearch(short[] a, int fromIndex, int toIndex, short key) method searches a range of the specified array of shorts for the specified value using the binary search algorithm. The range must be sorted before making this call.If it is not sorted, the results are undefined.


Following is the declaration for java.util.Arrays.binarySearch() method

public static int binarySearch(short[] a, int fromIndex, int toIndex, short key)


  • a -- This is the array to be searched.

  • fromIndex -- This is the index of the first element (inclusive) to be searched.

  • toIndex -- This is the index of the last element (exclusive) to be searched.

  • key -- This is the value to be searched for.

Return Value

This method returns index of the search key, if it is contained in the array, else it returns (-(insertion point) - 1). The insertion point is the point at which the key would be inserted into the array; the index of the first element in the range greater than the key, or toIndex if all elements in the range are less than the specified key.


  • IllegalArgumentException -- if fromIndex > toIndex

  • ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException -- if fromIndex < 0 or toIndex > a.length


The following example shows the usage of java.util.Arrays.binarySearch() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.Arrays;

public class ArrayDemo {
   public static void main(String[] args) {

   // initializing unsorted short array
   short shortArr[] = {5,2,15,52,10};

   // sorting array

   // let us print all the elements available in list
   System.out.println("The sorted short array is:");
   for (short number : shortArr) {
   System.out.println("Number = " + number);

   // entering the value to be searched
   short searchVal = 15;

   // entering range of index
   int retVal = Arrays.binarySearch(shortArr,3,4,searchVal);

   System.out.println("The index of element 15 is : " + retVal);

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

The sorted short array is:
Number = 2
Number = 5
Number = 10
Number = 15
Number = 52
The index of element 15 is : 3