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Console

public final class Console
extends Object implements Flushable

java.lang.Object
   ↳ java.io.Console


Methods to access the character-based console device, if any, associated with the current Java virtual machine.

Whether a virtual machine has a console is dependent upon the underlying platform and also upon the manner in which the virtual machine is invoked. If the virtual machine is started from an interactive command line without redirecting the standard input and output streams then its console will exist and will typically be connected to the keyboard and display from which the virtual machine was launched. If the virtual machine is started automatically, for example by a background job scheduler, then it will typically not have a console.

If this virtual machine has a console then it is represented by a unique instance of this class which can be obtained by invoking the console() method. If no console device is available then an invocation of that method will return null.

Read and write operations are synchronized to guarantee the atomic completion of critical operations; therefore invoking methods readLine(), readPassword(), format(), printf() as well as the read, format and write operations on the objects returned by reader() and writer() may block in multithreaded scenarios.

Invoking close() on the objects returned by the reader() and the writer() will not close the underlying stream of those objects.

The console-read methods return null when the end of the console input stream is reached, for example by typing control-D on Unix or control-Z on Windows. Subsequent read operations will succeed if additional characters are later entered on the console's input device.

Unless otherwise specified, passing a null argument to any method in this class will cause a NullPointerException to be thrown.

Security note: If an application needs to read a password or other secure data, it should use readPassword() or readPassword(String, Object) and manually zero the returned character array after processing to minimize the lifetime of sensitive data in memory.

 Console cons;
 char[] passwd;
 if ((cons = System.console()) != null &&
     (passwd = cons.readPassword("[%s]", "Password:")) != null) {
     ...
     java.util.Arrays.fill(passwd, ' ');
 }
 

Summary

Public methods

void flush()

Flushes the console and forces any buffered output to be written immediately .

Console format(String fmt, Object... args)

Writes a formatted string to this console's output stream using the specified format string and arguments.

Console printf(String format, Object... args)

A convenience method to write a formatted string to this console's output stream using the specified format string and arguments.

String readLine()

Reads a single line of text from the console.

String readLine(String fmt, Object... args)

Provides a formatted prompt, then reads a single line of text from the console.

char[] readPassword()

Reads a password or passphrase from the console with echoing disabled

char[] readPassword(String fmt, Object... args)

Provides a formatted prompt, then reads a password or passphrase from the console with echoing disabled.

Reader reader()

Retrieves the unique Reader object associated with this console.

PrintWriter writer()

Retrieves the unique PrintWriter object associated with this console.

Inherited methods

From class java.lang.Object
From interface java.io.Flushable

Public methods

flush

Added in API level 9
void flush ()

Flushes the console and forces any buffered output to be written immediately .

format

Added in API level 9
Console format (String fmt, 
                Object... args)

Writes a formatted string to this console's output stream using the specified format string and arguments.

Parameters
fmt String: A format string as described in Format string syntax
args Object: Arguments referenced by the format specifiers in the format string. If there are more arguments than format specifiers, the extra arguments are ignored. The number of arguments is variable and may be zero. The maximum number of arguments is limited by the maximum dimension of a Java array as defined by The Java™ Virtual Machine Specification. The behaviour on a null argument depends on the conversion.
Returns
Console This console
Throws
IllegalFormatException If a format string contains an illegal syntax, a format specifier that is incompatible with the given arguments, insufficient arguments given the format string, or other illegal conditions. For specification of all possible formatting errors, see the Details section of the formatter class specification.

printf

Added in API level 9
Console printf (String format, 
                Object... args)

A convenience method to write a formatted string to this console's output stream using the specified format string and arguments.

An invocation of this method of the form con.printf(format, args) behaves in exactly the same way as the invocation of

con.format(format, args)
.

Parameters
format String: A format string as described in Format string syntax.
args Object: Arguments referenced by the format specifiers in the format string. If there are more arguments than format specifiers, the extra arguments are ignored. The number of arguments is variable and may be zero. The maximum number of arguments is limited by the maximum dimension of a Java array as defined by The Java™ Virtual Machine Specification. The behaviour on a null argument depends on the conversion.
Returns
Console This console
Throws
IllegalFormatException If a format string contains an illegal syntax, a format specifier that is incompatible with the given arguments, insufficient arguments given the format string, or other illegal conditions. For specification of all possible formatting errors, see the Details section of the formatter class specification.

readLine

Added in API level 9
String readLine ()

Reads a single line of text from the console.

Returns
String A string containing the line read from the console, not including any line-termination characters, or null if an end of stream has been reached.
Throws
IOError If an I/O error occurs.

readLine

Added in API level 9
String readLine (String fmt, 
                Object... args)

Provides a formatted prompt, then reads a single line of text from the console.

Parameters
fmt String: A format string as described in Format string syntax.
args Object: Arguments referenced by the format specifiers in the format string. If there are more arguments than format specifiers, the extra arguments are ignored. The maximum number of arguments is limited by the maximum dimension of a Java array as defined by The Java™ Virtual Machine Specification.
Returns
String A string containing the line read from the console, not including any line-termination characters, or null if an end of stream has been reached.
Throws
IllegalFormatException If a format string contains an illegal syntax, a format specifier that is incompatible with the given arguments, insufficient arguments given the format string, or other illegal conditions. For specification of all possible formatting errors, see the Details section of the formatter class specification.
IOError If an I/O error occurs.

readPassword

Added in API level 9
char[] readPassword ()

Reads a password or passphrase from the console with echoing disabled

Returns
char[] A character array containing the password or passphrase read from the console, not including any line-termination characters, or null if an end of stream has been reached.
Throws
IOError If an I/O error occurs.

readPassword

Added in API level 9
char[] readPassword (String fmt, 
                Object... args)

Provides a formatted prompt, then reads a password or passphrase from the console with echoing disabled.

Parameters
fmt String: A format string as described in Format string syntax for the prompt text.
args Object: Arguments referenced by the format specifiers in the format string. If there are more arguments than format specifiers, the extra arguments are ignored. The maximum number of arguments is limited by the maximum dimension of a Java array as defined by The Java™ Virtual Machine Specification.
Returns
char[] A character array containing the password or passphrase read from the console, not including any line-termination characters, or null if an end of stream has been reached.
Throws
IllegalFormatException If a format string contains an illegal syntax, a format specifier that is incompatible with the given arguments, insufficient arguments given the format string, or other illegal conditions. For specification of all possible formatting errors, see the Details section of the formatter class specification.
IOError If an I/O error occurs.

reader

Added in API level 9
Reader reader ()

Retrieves the unique Reader object associated with this console.

This method is intended to be used by sophisticated applications, for example, a Scanner object which utilizes the rich parsing/scanning functionality provided by the Scanner:

 Console con = System.console();
 if (con != null) {
     Scanner sc = new Scanner(con.reader());
     ...
 }
 

For simple applications requiring only line-oriented reading, use readLine().

The bulk read operations read(char[]) , read(char[], int, int) and read(java.nio.CharBuffer) on the returned object will not read in characters beyond the line bound for each invocation, even if the destination buffer has space for more characters. A line bound is considered to be any one of a line feed ('\n'), a carriage return ('\r'), a carriage return followed immediately by a linefeed, or an end of stream.

Returns
Reader The reader associated with this console

writer

Added in API level 9
PrintWriter writer ()

Retrieves the unique PrintWriter object associated with this console.

Returns
PrintWriter The printwriter associated with this console
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