How to implement an instance method reference using a class name in Java?

Method reference is a simplified form of the lambda expression. It can specify a class name or instance name followed by the method name. The "::" symbol can separate a method name from the name of an object or class.

An instance method reference refers to an instance method of any class. In the below example, we can implement an instance methods reference using the class name.




import java.util.*;;
import java.util.function.*;

public class ClassNameRefInstanceMethodTest {
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      List<Employee> empList = Arrays.asList(
         new Employee("Raja", 15000),
         new Employee("Adithya", 12000),
         new Employee("Jai", 9000),
         new Employee("Ravi", 19000),
         new Employee("Surya", 8500),
         new Employee("Chaitanya", 7500),
         new Employee("Vamsi", 14000)
      Function<Employee, String> getEmployeeNameFunction = new Function<Employee, String>() {
         public String apply(Employee e) {
            return e.getName();
      System.out.println("The list of employees whose salary greater than 10000:");
      .filter(e -> e.getSalary() > 10000)
      .map(Employee::getName)  // instance method reference "getName" using class name "Employee"
      .forEach(e -> System.out.println(e));

// Employee class
class Employee {
   private String name;
   private int salary;
   public Employee(String name, int salary){ = name;
      this.salary = salary;
   public String getName() {
      return name;
   public int getSalary() {
      return salary;


The list of employees whose salary greater than 10000: