Java.util.Arrays.copyOfRange() Method



The java.util.Arrays.copyOfRange(T[] original, int from, int to) method copies the specified range of the specified array into a new array. The initial index of the range (from) must lie between zero and original.length, inclusive. The value at original[from] is placed into the initial element of the copy (unless from == original.length or from == to). Values from subsequent elements in the original array are placed into subsequent elements in the copy.

The final index of the range (to), which must be greater than or equal to from, may be greater than original.length, in which case null is placed in all elements of the copy whose index is greater than or equal to original.length - from. The length of the returned array will be to - from.


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

public static <T> T[] copyOfRange(T[] original, int from, int to)


  • original − This is the array from which a range is to to be copied.

  • from − This is the initial index of the range to be copied, inclusive.

  • to − This is the final index of the range to be copied, exclusive.

Return Value

This method returns a new array containing the specified range from the original array, truncated or padded with zeros to obtain the required length.


  • ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException − If from < 0 or from > original.length()

  • IllegalArgumentException − If from > to.

  • NullPointerException − If original is null.


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

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.Arrays;

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

      // intializing an array arr1
      short[] arr1 = new short[]{15, 10, 45};

      // printing the array
      System.out.println("Printing 1st array:");
      for (int i = 0; i < arr1.length; i++) {

      // copying array arr1 to arr2 with range of index from 1 to 3
      Object arr2 = Arrays.copyOfRange(arr1, 1, 3);

      // cast arr2 as short in order to be printable
      short[] arr3 = (short[]) arr2;

      // printing the array arr2
      System.out.println("Printing new array:");
      for (int i = 0; i < arr3.length; i++) {

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

Printing 1st array:
Printing new array: