Java Examples - Read-only Collection


Problem Description

How to make a collection read-only ?


Following example shows how to make a collection read-only by using Collections.unmodifiableList() method of Collection class.

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.HashSet;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.Set;

public class Main {
   public static void main(String[] argv) throws Exception {
      List stuff = Arrays.asList(new String[] { "a", "b" });
      List list = new ArrayList(stuff);
      list = Collections.unmodifiableList(list);
      try {
         list.set(0, "new value");
      } catch (UnsupportedOperationException e) {
      Set set = new HashSet(stuff);
      set = Collections.unmodifiableSet(set);
      Map map = new HashMap();
      map = Collections.unmodifiableMap(map);
      System.out.println("Collection is read-only now.");


The above code sample will produce the following result.

Collection is read-only now.