Why can't we use the "super" keyword is in a static method in java?

A static method or, block belongs to the class and these will be loaded into the memory along with the class. You can invoke static methods without creating an object. (using the class name as reference).

Where the "super" keyword in Java is used as a reference to the object of the superclass. This implies that to use "super" the method should be invoked by an object, which static methods are not.

Therefore, you cannot use the "super" keyword from a static method.


In the following Java program, the class "SubClass" contains a private variable name with setter and getter methods and an instance method display(). From the main method (which is static) we are trying to invoke the display() method using this keyword.

class SuperClass{
   protected String name;
public class SubClass extends SuperClass {
   private String name;
   public static void setName(String name) {
      super.name = name;
   public void display() {
      System.out.println("name: "+super.name);
   public static void main(String args[]) {
      new SubClass().display();

Compile-time error

SubClass.java:7: error: non-static variable super cannot be referenced from a static context
   super.name = name;
1 error