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Added in API level 1

Thread

public class Thread
extends Object implements Runnable

java.lang.Object
   ↳ java.lang.Thread
Known Direct Subclasses


A thread is a thread of execution in a program. The Java Virtual Machine allows an application to have multiple threads of execution running concurrently.

Every thread has a priority. Threads with higher priority are executed in preference to threads with lower priority. Each thread may or may not also be marked as a daemon. When code running in some thread creates a new Thread object, the new thread has its priority initially set equal to the priority of the creating thread, and is a daemon thread if and only if the creating thread is a daemon.

When a Java Virtual Machine starts up, there is usually a single non-daemon thread (which typically calls the method named main of some designated class). The Java Virtual Machine continues to execute threads until either of the following occurs:

There are two ways to create a new thread of execution. One is to declare a class to be a subclass of Thread. This subclass should override the run method of class Thread. An instance of the subclass can then be allocated and started. For example, a thread that computes primes larger than a stated value could be written as follows:


     class PrimeThread extends Thread {
         long minPrime;
         PrimeThread(long minPrime) {
             this.minPrime = minPrime;
         }

         public void run() {
             // compute primes larger than minPrime
              . . .
         }
     }
 

The following code would then create a thread and start it running:

     PrimeThread p = new PrimeThread(143);
     p.start();
 

The other way to create a thread is to declare a class that implements the Runnable interface. That class then implements the run method. An instance of the class can then be allocated, passed as an argument when creating Thread, and started. The same example in this other style looks like the following:


     class PrimeRun implements Runnable {
         long minPrime;
         PrimeRun(long minPrime) {
             this.minPrime = minPrime;
         }

         public void run() {
             // compute primes larger than minPrime
              . . .
         }
     }
 

The following code would then create a thread and start it running:

     PrimeRun p = new PrimeRun(143);
     new Thread(p).start();
 

Every thread has a name for identification purposes. More than one thread may have the same name. If a name is not specified when a thread is created, a new name is generated for it.

Unless otherwise noted, passing a null argument to a constructor or method in this class will cause a NullPointerException to be thrown.

See also:

Summary

Nested classes

enum Thread.State

A thread state. 

interface Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler

Interface for handlers invoked when a Thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception. 

Constants

int MAX_PRIORITY

The maximum priority that a thread can have.

int MIN_PRIORITY

The minimum priority that a thread can have.

int NORM_PRIORITY

The default priority that is assigned to a thread.

Public constructors

Thread()

Allocates a new Thread object.

Thread(Runnable target)

Allocates a new Thread object.

Thread(ThreadGroup group, Runnable target)

Allocates a new Thread object.

Thread(String name)

Allocates a new Thread object.

Thread(ThreadGroup group, String name)

Allocates a new Thread object.

Thread(Runnable target, String name)

Allocates a new Thread object.

Thread(ThreadGroup group, Runnable target, String name)

Allocates a new Thread object so that it has target as its run object, has the specified name as its name, and belongs to the thread group referred to by group.

Thread(ThreadGroup group, Runnable target, String name, long stackSize)

Allocates a new Thread object so that it has target as its run object, has the specified name as its name, and belongs to the thread group referred to by group, and has the specified stack size.

Public methods

static int activeCount()

Returns an estimate of the number of active threads in the current thread's thread group and its subgroups.

final void checkAccess()

Determines if the currently running thread has permission to modify this thread.

int countStackFrames()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. The definition of this call depends on suspend(), which is deprecated. Further, the results of this call were never well-defined.

static Thread currentThread()

Returns a reference to the currently executing thread object.

void destroy()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. This method was originally designed to destroy this thread without any cleanup. Any monitors it held would have remained locked. However, the method was never implemented. If if were to be implemented, it would be deadlock-prone in much the manner of suspend(). If the target thread held a lock protecting a critical system resource when it was destroyed, no thread could ever access this resource again. If another thread ever attempted to lock this resource, deadlock would result. Such deadlocks typically manifest themselves as "frozen" processes. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

static void dumpStack()

Prints a stack trace of the current thread to the standard error stream.

static int enumerate(Thread[] tarray)

Copies into the specified array every active thread in the current thread's thread group and its subgroups.

static Map<ThreadStackTraceElement[]> getAllStackTraces()

Returns a map of stack traces for all live threads.

ClassLoader getContextClassLoader()

Returns the context ClassLoader for this Thread.

static Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler getDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler()

Returns the default handler invoked when a thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception.

long getId()

Returns the identifier of this Thread.

final String getName()

Returns this thread's name.

final int getPriority()

Returns this thread's priority.

StackTraceElement[] getStackTrace()

Returns an array of stack trace elements representing the stack dump of this thread.

Thread.State getState()

Returns the state of this thread.

final ThreadGroup getThreadGroup()

Returns the thread group to which this thread belongs.

Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler getUncaughtExceptionHandler()

Returns the handler invoked when this thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception.

static boolean holdsLock(Object obj)

Returns true if and only if the current thread holds the monitor lock on the specified object.

void interrupt()

Interrupts this thread.

static boolean interrupted()

Tests whether the current thread has been interrupted.

final boolean isAlive()

Tests if this thread is alive.

final boolean isDaemon()

Tests if this thread is a daemon thread.

boolean isInterrupted()

Tests whether this thread has been interrupted.

final void join()

Waits for this thread to die.

final void join(long millis)

Waits at most millis milliseconds for this thread to die.

final void join(long millis, int nanos)

Waits at most millis milliseconds plus nanos nanoseconds for this thread to die.

final void resume()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. This method exists solely for use with suspend(), which has been deprecated because it is deadlock-prone. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

void run()

If this thread was constructed using a separate Runnable run object, then that Runnable object's run method is called; otherwise, this method does nothing and returns.

void setContextClassLoader(ClassLoader cl)

Sets the context ClassLoader for this Thread.

final void setDaemon(boolean on)

Marks this thread as either a daemon thread or a user thread.

static void setDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler(Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler eh)

Set the default handler invoked when a thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception, and no other handler has been defined for that thread.

final void setName(String name)

Changes the name of this thread to be equal to the argument name.

final void setPriority(int newPriority)

Changes the priority of this thread.

void setUncaughtExceptionHandler(Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler eh)

Set the handler invoked when this thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception.

static void sleep(long millis, int nanos)

Causes the currently executing thread to sleep (temporarily cease execution) for the specified number of milliseconds plus the specified number of nanoseconds, subject to the precision and accuracy of system timers and schedulers.

static void sleep(long millis)

Causes the currently executing thread to sleep (temporarily cease execution) for the specified number of milliseconds, subject to the precision and accuracy of system timers and schedulers.

void start()

Causes this thread to begin execution; the Java Virtual Machine calls the run method of this thread.

final void stop()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. This method is inherently unsafe. Stopping a thread with Thread.stop causes it to unlock all of the monitors that it has locked (as a natural consequence of the unchecked ThreadDeath exception propagating up the stack). If any of the objects previously protected by these monitors were in an inconsistent state, the damaged objects become visible to other threads, potentially resulting in arbitrary behavior. Many uses of stop should be replaced by code that simply modifies some variable to indicate that the target thread should stop running. The target thread should check this variable regularly, and return from its run method in an orderly fashion if the variable indicates that it is to stop running. If the target thread waits for long periods (on a condition variable, for example), the interrupt method should be used to interrupt the wait. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

final void stop(Throwable obj)

This method was deprecated in API level 1. This method is inherently unsafe. See stop() for details. An additional danger of this method is that it may be used to generate exceptions that the target thread is unprepared to handle (including checked exceptions that the thread could not possibly throw, were it not for this method). For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

final void suspend()

This method was deprecated in API level 1. This method has been deprecated, as it is inherently deadlock-prone. If the target thread holds a lock on the monitor protecting a critical system resource when it is suspended, no thread can access this resource until the target thread is resumed. If the thread that would resume the target thread attempts to lock this monitor prior to calling resume, deadlock results. Such deadlocks typically manifest themselves as "frozen" processes. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

String toString()

Returns a string representation of this thread, including the thread's name, priority, and thread group.

static void yield()

A hint to the scheduler that the current thread is willing to yield its current use of a processor.

Protected methods

Object clone()

Throws CloneNotSupportedException as a Thread can not be meaningfully cloned.

Inherited methods

From class java.lang.Object
From interface java.lang.Runnable

Constants

MAX_PRIORITY

Added in API level 1
int MAX_PRIORITY

The maximum priority that a thread can have.

Constant Value: 10 (0x0000000a)

MIN_PRIORITY

Added in API level 1
int MIN_PRIORITY

The minimum priority that a thread can have.

Constant Value: 1 (0x00000001)

NORM_PRIORITY

Added in API level 1
int NORM_PRIORITY

The default priority that is assigned to a thread.

Constant Value: 5 (0x00000005)

Public constructors

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread ()

Allocates a new Thread object. This constructor has the same effect as Thread (null, null, gname), where gname is a newly generated name. Automatically generated names are of the form "Thread-"+n, where n is an integer.

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (Runnable target)

Allocates a new Thread object. This constructor has the same effect as Thread (null, target, gname), where gname is a newly generated name. Automatically generated names are of the form "Thread-"+n, where n is an integer.

Parameters
target Runnable: the object whose run method is invoked when this thread is started. If null, this classes run method does nothing.

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (ThreadGroup group, 
                Runnable target)

Allocates a new Thread object. This constructor has the same effect as Thread (group, target, gname) ,where gname is a newly generated name. Automatically generated names are of the form "Thread-"+n, where n is an integer.

Parameters
group ThreadGroup: the thread group. If null and there is a security manager, the group is determined by SecurityManager.getThreadGroup(). If there is not a security manager or SecurityManager.getThreadGroup() returns null, the group is set to the current thread's thread group.
target Runnable: the object whose run method is invoked when this thread is started. If null, this thread's run method is invoked.
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot create a thread in the specified thread group

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (String name)

Allocates a new Thread object. This constructor has the same effect as Thread (null, null, name).

Parameters
name String: the name of the new thread

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (ThreadGroup group, 
                String name)

Allocates a new Thread object. This constructor has the same effect as Thread (group, null, name).

Parameters
group ThreadGroup: the thread group. If null and there is a security manager, the group is determined by SecurityManager.getThreadGroup(). If there is not a security manager or SecurityManager.getThreadGroup() returns null, the group is set to the current thread's thread group.
name String: the name of the new thread
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot create a thread in the specified thread group

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (Runnable target, 
                String name)

Allocates a new Thread object. This constructor has the same effect as Thread (null, target, name).

Parameters
target Runnable: the object whose run method is invoked when this thread is started. If null, this thread's run method is invoked.
name String: the name of the new thread

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (ThreadGroup group, 
                Runnable target, 
                String name)

Allocates a new Thread object so that it has target as its run object, has the specified name as its name, and belongs to the thread group referred to by group.

If there is a security manager, its checkAccess method is invoked with the ThreadGroup as its argument.

In addition, its checkPermission method is invoked with the RuntimePermission("enableContextClassLoaderOverride") permission when invoked directly or indirectly by the constructor of a subclass which overrides the getContextClassLoader or setContextClassLoader methods.

The priority of the newly created thread is set equal to the priority of the thread creating it, that is, the currently running thread. The method setPriority may be used to change the priority to a new value.

The newly created thread is initially marked as being a daemon thread if and only if the thread creating it is currently marked as a daemon thread. The method setDaemon may be used to change whether or not a thread is a daemon.

Parameters
group ThreadGroup: the thread group. If null and there is a security manager, the group is determined by SecurityManager.getThreadGroup(). If there is not a security manager or SecurityManager.getThreadGroup() returns null, the group is set to the current thread's thread group.
target Runnable: the object whose run method is invoked when this thread is started. If null, this thread's run method is invoked.
name String: the name of the new thread
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot create a thread in the specified thread group or cannot override the context class loader methods.

Thread

Added in API level 1
Thread (ThreadGroup group, 
                Runnable target, 
                String name, 
                long stackSize)

Allocates a new Thread object so that it has target as its run object, has the specified name as its name, and belongs to the thread group referred to by group, and has the specified stack size.

This constructor is identical to Thread(ThreadGroup, Runnable, String) with the exception of the fact that it allows the thread stack size to be specified. The stack size is the approximate number of bytes of address space that the virtual machine is to allocate for this thread's stack. The effect of the stackSize parameter, if any, is highly platform dependent.

On some platforms, specifying a higher value for the stackSize parameter may allow a thread to achieve greater recursion depth before throwing a StackOverflowError. Similarly, specifying a lower value may allow a greater number of threads to exist concurrently without throwing an OutOfMemoryError (or other internal error). The details of the relationship between the value of the stackSize parameter and the maximum recursion depth and concurrency level are platform-dependent. On some platforms, the value of the stackSize parameter may have no effect whatsoever.

The virtual machine is free to treat the stackSize parameter as a suggestion. If the specified value is unreasonably low for the platform, the virtual machine may instead use some platform-specific minimum value; if the specified value is unreasonably high, the virtual machine may instead use some platform-specific maximum. Likewise, the virtual machine is free to round the specified value up or down as it sees fit (or to ignore it completely).

Specifying a value of zero for the stackSize parameter will cause this constructor to behave exactly like the Thread(ThreadGroup, Runnable, String) constructor.

Due to the platform-dependent nature of the behavior of this constructor, extreme care should be exercised in its use. The thread stack size necessary to perform a given computation will likely vary from one JRE implementation to another. In light of this variation, careful tuning of the stack size parameter may be required, and the tuning may need to be repeated for each JRE implementation on which an application is to run.

Implementation note: Java platform implementers are encouraged to document their implementation's behavior with respect to the stackSize parameter.

Parameters
group ThreadGroup: the thread group. If null and there is a security manager, the group is determined by SecurityManager.getThreadGroup(). If there is not a security manager or SecurityManager.getThreadGroup() returns null, the group is set to the current thread's thread group.
target Runnable: the object whose run method is invoked when this thread is started. If null, this thread's run method is invoked.
name String: the name of the new thread
stackSize long: the desired stack size for the new thread, or zero to indicate that this parameter is to be ignored.
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot create a thread in the specified thread group

Public methods

activeCount

Added in API level 1
int activeCount ()

Returns an estimate of the number of active threads in the current thread's thread group and its subgroups. Recursively iterates over all subgroups in the current thread's thread group.

The value returned is only an estimate because the number of threads may change dynamically while this method traverses internal data structures, and might be affected by the presence of certain system threads. This method is intended primarily for debugging and monitoring purposes.

Returns
int an estimate of the number of active threads in the current thread's thread group and in any other thread group that has the current thread's thread group as an ancestor

checkAccess

Added in API level 1
void checkAccess ()

Determines if the currently running thread has permission to modify this thread.

If there is a security manager, its checkAccess method is called with this thread as its argument. This may result in throwing a SecurityException.

Throws
SecurityException if the current thread is not allowed to access this thread.

See also:

countStackFrames

Added in API level 1
int countStackFrames ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
The definition of this call depends on suspend(), which is deprecated. Further, the results of this call were never well-defined.

Counts the number of stack frames in this thread. The thread must be suspended.

Returns
int the number of stack frames in this thread.
Throws
IllegalThreadStateException if this thread is not suspended.

currentThread

Added in API level 1
Thread currentThread ()

Returns a reference to the currently executing thread object.

Returns
Thread the currently executing thread.

destroy

Added in API level 1
void destroy ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
This method was originally designed to destroy this thread without any cleanup. Any monitors it held would have remained locked. However, the method was never implemented. If if were to be implemented, it would be deadlock-prone in much the manner of suspend(). If the target thread held a lock protecting a critical system resource when it was destroyed, no thread could ever access this resource again. If another thread ever attempted to lock this resource, deadlock would result. Such deadlocks typically manifest themselves as "frozen" processes. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

Throws UnsupportedOperationException.

Throws
UnsupportedOperationException always

dumpStack

Added in API level 1
void dumpStack ()

Prints a stack trace of the current thread to the standard error stream. This method is used only for debugging.

See also:

enumerate

Added in API level 1
int enumerate (Thread[] tarray)

Copies into the specified array every active thread in the current thread's thread group and its subgroups. This method simply invokes the enumerate(Thread[]) method of the current thread's thread group.

An application might use the activeCount method to get an estimate of how big the array should be, however if the array is too short to hold all the threads, the extra threads are silently ignored. If it is critical to obtain every active thread in the current thread's thread group and its subgroups, the invoker should verify that the returned int value is strictly less than the length of tarray.

Due to the inherent race condition in this method, it is recommended that the method only be used for debugging and monitoring purposes.

Parameters
tarray Thread: an array into which to put the list of threads
Returns
int the number of threads put into the array
Throws
SecurityException if checkAccess() determines that the current thread cannot access its thread group

getAllStackTraces

Added in API level 1
Map<ThreadStackTraceElement[]> getAllStackTraces ()

Returns a map of stack traces for all live threads. The map keys are threads and each map value is an array of StackTraceElement that represents the stack dump of the corresponding Thread. The returned stack traces are in the format specified for the getStackTrace method.

The threads may be executing while this method is called. The stack trace of each thread only represents a snapshot and each stack trace may be obtained at different time. A zero-length array will be returned in the map value if the virtual machine has no stack trace information about a thread.

If there is a security manager, then the security manager's checkPermission method is called with a RuntimePermission("getStackTrace") permission as well as RuntimePermission("modifyThreadGroup") permission to see if it is ok to get the stack trace of all threads.

Returns
Map<ThreadStackTraceElement[]> a Map from Thread to an array of StackTraceElement that represents the stack trace of the corresponding thread.
Throws
SecurityException if a security manager exists and its checkPermission method doesn't allow getting the stack trace of thread.

See also:

getContextClassLoader

Added in API level 1
ClassLoader getContextClassLoader ()

Returns the context ClassLoader for this Thread. The context ClassLoader is provided by the creator of the thread for use by code running in this thread when loading classes and resources. If not set, the default is the ClassLoader context of the parent Thread. The context ClassLoader of the primordial thread is typically set to the class loader used to load the application.

If a security manager is present, and the invoker's class loader is not null and is not the same as or an ancestor of the context class loader, then this method invokes the security manager's checkPermission method with a RuntimePermission("getClassLoader") permission to verify that retrieval of the context class loader is permitted.

Returns
ClassLoader the context ClassLoader for this Thread, or null indicating the system class loader (or, failing that, the bootstrap class loader)
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot get the context ClassLoader

getDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler

Added in API level 1
Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler getDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler ()

Returns the default handler invoked when a thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception. If the returned value is null, there is no default.

Returns
Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler

See also:

getId

Added in API level 1
long getId ()

Returns the identifier of this Thread. The thread ID is a positive long number generated when this thread was created. The thread ID is unique and remains unchanged during its lifetime. When a thread is terminated, this thread ID may be reused.

Returns
long this thread's ID.

getName

Added in API level 1
String getName ()

Returns this thread's name.

Returns
String this thread's name.

See also:

getPriority

Added in API level 1
int getPriority ()

Returns this thread's priority.

Returns
int this thread's priority.

See also:

getStackTrace

Added in API level 1
StackTraceElement[] getStackTrace ()

Returns an array of stack trace elements representing the stack dump of this thread. This method will return a zero-length array if this thread has not started, has started but has not yet been scheduled to run by the system, or has terminated. If the returned array is of non-zero length then the first element of the array represents the top of the stack, which is the most recent method invocation in the sequence. The last element of the array represents the bottom of the stack, which is the least recent method invocation in the sequence.

If there is a security manager, and this thread is not the current thread, then the security manager's checkPermission method is called with a RuntimePermission("getStackTrace") permission to see if it's ok to get the stack trace.

Some virtual machines may, under some circumstances, omit one or more stack frames from the stack trace. In the extreme case, a virtual machine that has no stack trace information concerning this thread is permitted to return a zero-length array from this method.

Returns
StackTraceElement[] an array of StackTraceElement, each represents one stack frame.
Throws
SecurityException if a security manager exists and its checkPermission method doesn't allow getting the stack trace of thread.

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getState

Added in API level 1
Thread.State getState ()

Returns the state of this thread. This method is designed for use in monitoring of the system state, not for synchronization control.

Returns
Thread.State this thread's state.

getThreadGroup

Added in API level 1
ThreadGroup getThreadGroup ()

Returns the thread group to which this thread belongs. This method returns null if this thread has died (been stopped).

Returns
ThreadGroup this thread's thread group.

getUncaughtExceptionHandler

Added in API level 1
Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler getUncaughtExceptionHandler ()

Returns the handler invoked when this thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception. If this thread has not had an uncaught exception handler explicitly set then this thread's ThreadGroup object is returned, unless this thread has terminated, in which case null is returned.

Returns
Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler

holdsLock

Added in API level 1
boolean holdsLock (Object obj)

Returns true if and only if the current thread holds the monitor lock on the specified object.

This method is designed to allow a program to assert that the current thread already holds a specified lock:

     assert Thread.holdsLock(obj);
 

Parameters
obj Object: the object on which to test lock ownership
Returns
boolean true if the current thread holds the monitor lock on the specified object.
Throws
NullPointerException if obj is null

interrupt

Added in API level 1
void interrupt ()

Interrupts this thread.

Unless the current thread is interrupting itself, which is always permitted, the checkAccess method of this thread is invoked, which may cause a SecurityException to be thrown.

If this thread is blocked in an invocation of the wait(), wait(long), or wait(long, int) methods of the Object class, or of the join(), join(long), join(long, int), sleep(long), or sleep(long, int), methods of this class, then its interrupt status will be cleared and it will receive an InterruptedException.

If this thread is blocked in an I/O operation upon an interruptible channel then the channel will be closed, the thread's interrupt status will be set, and the thread will receive a ClosedByInterruptException.

If this thread is blocked in a Selector then the thread's interrupt status will be set and it will return immediately from the selection operation, possibly with a non-zero value, just as if the selector's wakeup method were invoked.

If none of the previous conditions hold then this thread's interrupt status will be set.

Interrupting a thread that is not alive need not have any effect.

Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread

interrupted

Added in API level 1
boolean interrupted ()

Tests whether the current thread has been interrupted. The interrupted status of the thread is cleared by this method. In other words, if this method were to be called twice in succession, the second call would return false (unless the current thread were interrupted again, after the first call had cleared its interrupted status and before the second call had examined it).

A thread interruption ignored because a thread was not alive at the time of the interrupt will be reflected by this method returning false.

Returns
boolean true if the current thread has been interrupted; false otherwise.

See also:

isAlive

Added in API level 1
boolean isAlive ()

Tests if this thread is alive. A thread is alive if it has been started and has not yet died.

Returns
boolean true if this thread is alive; false otherwise.

isDaemon

Added in API level 1
boolean isDaemon ()

Tests if this thread is a daemon thread.

Returns
boolean true if this thread is a daemon thread; false otherwise.

See also:

isInterrupted

Added in API level 1
boolean isInterrupted ()

Tests whether this thread has been interrupted. The interrupted status of the thread is unaffected by this method.

A thread interruption ignored because a thread was not alive at the time of the interrupt will be reflected by this method returning false.

Returns
boolean true if this thread has been interrupted; false otherwise.

See also:

join

Added in API level 1
void join ()

Waits for this thread to die.

An invocation of this method behaves in exactly the same way as the invocation

join(0)

Throws
InterruptedException if any thread has interrupted the current thread. The interrupted status of the current thread is cleared when this exception is thrown.

join

Added in API level 1
void join (long millis)

Waits at most millis milliseconds for this thread to die. A timeout of 0 means to wait forever.

This implementation uses a loop of this.wait calls conditioned on this.isAlive. As a thread terminates the this.notifyAll method is invoked. It is recommended that applications not use wait, notify, or notifyAll on Thread instances.

Parameters
millis long: the time to wait in milliseconds
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if the value of millis is negative
InterruptedException if any thread has interrupted the current thread. The interrupted status of the current thread is cleared when this exception is thrown.

join

Added in API level 1
void join (long millis, 
                int nanos)

Waits at most millis milliseconds plus nanos nanoseconds for this thread to die.

This implementation uses a loop of this.wait calls conditioned on this.isAlive. As a thread terminates the this.notifyAll method is invoked. It is recommended that applications not use wait, notify, or notifyAll on Thread instances.

Parameters
millis long: the time to wait in milliseconds
nanos int: 0-999999 additional nanoseconds to wait
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if the value of millis is negative, or the value of nanos is not in the range 0-999999
InterruptedException if any thread has interrupted the current thread. The interrupted status of the current thread is cleared when this exception is thrown.

resume

Added in API level 1
void resume ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
This method exists solely for use with suspend(), which has been deprecated because it is deadlock-prone. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

Resumes a suspended thread.

First, the checkAccess method of this thread is called with no arguments. This may result in throwing a SecurityException (in the current thread).

If the thread is alive but suspended, it is resumed and is permitted to make progress in its execution.

Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread.

See also:

run

Added in API level 1
void run ()

If this thread was constructed using a separate Runnable run object, then that Runnable object's run method is called; otherwise, this method does nothing and returns.

Subclasses of Thread should override this method.

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setContextClassLoader

Added in API level 1
void setContextClassLoader (ClassLoader cl)

Sets the context ClassLoader for this Thread. The context ClassLoader can be set when a thread is created, and allows the creator of the thread to provide the appropriate class loader, through getContextClassLoader, to code running in the thread when loading classes and resources.

If a security manager is present, its checkPermission method is invoked with a RuntimePermission("setContextClassLoader") permission to see if setting the context ClassLoader is permitted.

Parameters
cl ClassLoader: the context ClassLoader for this Thread, or null indicating the system class loader (or, failing that, the bootstrap class loader)
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot set the context ClassLoader

setDaemon

Added in API level 1
void setDaemon (boolean on)

Marks this thread as either a daemon thread or a user thread. The Java Virtual Machine exits when the only threads running are all daemon threads.

This method must be invoked before the thread is started.

Parameters
on boolean: if true, marks this thread as a daemon thread
Throws
IllegalThreadStateException if this thread is alive
SecurityException if checkAccess() determines that the current thread cannot modify this thread

setDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler

Added in API level 1
void setDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler (Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler eh)

Set the default handler invoked when a thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception, and no other handler has been defined for that thread.

Uncaught exception handling is controlled first by the thread, then by the thread's ThreadGroup object and finally by the default uncaught exception handler. If the thread does not have an explicit uncaught exception handler set, and the thread's thread group (including parent thread groups) does not specialize its uncaughtException method, then the default handler's uncaughtException method will be invoked.

By setting the default uncaught exception handler, an application can change the way in which uncaught exceptions are handled (such as logging to a specific device, or file) for those threads that would already accept whatever "default" behavior the system provided.

Note that the default uncaught exception handler should not usually defer to the thread's ThreadGroup object, as that could cause infinite recursion.

Parameters
eh Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler: the object to use as the default uncaught exception handler. If null then there is no default handler.
Throws
SecurityException if a security manager is present and it denies RuntimePermission ("setDefaultUncaughtExceptionHandler")

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setName

Added in API level 1
void setName (String name)

Changes the name of this thread to be equal to the argument name.

First the checkAccess method of this thread is called with no arguments. This may result in throwing a SecurityException.

Parameters
name String: the new name for this thread.
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread.

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setPriority

Added in API level 1
void setPriority (int newPriority)

Changes the priority of this thread.

First the checkAccess method of this thread is called with no arguments. This may result in throwing a SecurityException.

Otherwise, the priority of this thread is set to the smaller of the specified newPriority and the maximum permitted priority of the thread's thread group.

Parameters
newPriority int: priority to set this thread to
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If the priority is not in the range MIN_PRIORITY to MAX_PRIORITY.
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread.

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setUncaughtExceptionHandler

Added in API level 1
void setUncaughtExceptionHandler (Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler eh)

Set the handler invoked when this thread abruptly terminates due to an uncaught exception.

A thread can take full control of how it responds to uncaught exceptions by having its uncaught exception handler explicitly set. If no such handler is set then the thread's ThreadGroup object acts as its handler.

Parameters
eh Thread.UncaughtExceptionHandler: the object to use as this thread's uncaught exception handler. If null then this thread has no explicit handler.
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread is not allowed to modify this thread.

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sleep

Added in API level 1
void sleep (long millis, 
                int nanos)

Causes the currently executing thread to sleep (temporarily cease execution) for the specified number of milliseconds plus the specified number of nanoseconds, subject to the precision and accuracy of system timers and schedulers. The thread does not lose ownership of any monitors.

Parameters
millis long: the length of time to sleep in milliseconds
nanos int: 0-999999 additional nanoseconds to sleep
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if the value of millis is negative, or the value of nanos is not in the range 0-999999
InterruptedException if any thread has interrupted the current thread. The interrupted status of the current thread is cleared when this exception is thrown.

sleep

Added in API level 1
void sleep (long millis)

Causes the currently executing thread to sleep (temporarily cease execution) for the specified number of milliseconds, subject to the precision and accuracy of system timers and schedulers. The thread does not lose ownership of any monitors.

Parameters
millis long: the length of time to sleep in milliseconds
Throws
IllegalArgumentException if the value of millis is negative
InterruptedException if any thread has interrupted the current thread. The interrupted status of the current thread is cleared when this exception is thrown.

start

Added in API level 1
void start ()

Causes this thread to begin execution; the Java Virtual Machine calls the run method of this thread.

The result is that two threads are running concurrently: the current thread (which returns from the call to the start method) and the other thread (which executes its run method).

It is never legal to start a thread more than once. In particular, a thread may not be restarted once it has completed execution.

Throws
IllegalThreadStateException if the thread was already started.

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stop

Added in API level 1
void stop ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
This method is inherently unsafe. Stopping a thread with Thread.stop causes it to unlock all of the monitors that it has locked (as a natural consequence of the unchecked ThreadDeath exception propagating up the stack). If any of the objects previously protected by these monitors were in an inconsistent state, the damaged objects become visible to other threads, potentially resulting in arbitrary behavior. Many uses of stop should be replaced by code that simply modifies some variable to indicate that the target thread should stop running. The target thread should check this variable regularly, and return from its run method in an orderly fashion if the variable indicates that it is to stop running. If the target thread waits for long periods (on a condition variable, for example), the interrupt method should be used to interrupt the wait. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

Forces the thread to stop executing.

If there is a security manager installed, its checkAccess method is called with this as its argument. This may result in a SecurityException being raised (in the current thread).

If this thread is different from the current thread (that is, the current thread is trying to stop a thread other than itself), the security manager's checkPermission method (with a RuntimePermission("stopThread") argument) is called in addition. Again, this may result in throwing a SecurityException (in the current thread).

The thread represented by this thread is forced to stop whatever it is doing abnormally and to throw a newly created ThreadDeath object as an exception.

It is permitted to stop a thread that has not yet been started. If the thread is eventually started, it immediately terminates.

An application should not normally try to catch ThreadDeath unless it must do some extraordinary cleanup operation (note that the throwing of ThreadDeath causes finally clauses of try statements to be executed before the thread officially dies). If a catch clause catches a ThreadDeath object, it is important to rethrow the object so that the thread actually dies.

The top-level error handler that reacts to otherwise uncaught exceptions does not print out a message or otherwise notify the application if the uncaught exception is an instance of ThreadDeath.

Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread.

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stop

Added in API level 1
void stop (Throwable obj)

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
This method is inherently unsafe. See stop() for details. An additional danger of this method is that it may be used to generate exceptions that the target thread is unprepared to handle (including checked exceptions that the thread could not possibly throw, were it not for this method). For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

Forces the thread to stop executing.

If there is a security manager installed, the checkAccess method of this thread is called, which may result in a SecurityException being raised (in the current thread).

If this thread is different from the current thread (that is, the current thread is trying to stop a thread other than itself) or obj is not an instance of ThreadDeath, the security manager's checkPermission method (with the RuntimePermission("stopThread") argument) is called in addition. Again, this may result in throwing a SecurityException (in the current thread).

If the argument obj is null, a NullPointerException is thrown (in the current thread).

The thread represented by this thread is forced to stop whatever it is doing abnormally and to throw the Throwable object obj as an exception. This is an unusual action to take; normally, the stop method that takes no arguments should be used.

It is permitted to stop a thread that has not yet been started. If the thread is eventually started, it immediately terminates.

Parameters
obj Throwable: the Throwable object to be thrown.
Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread.
NullPointerException if obj is null.

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suspend

Added in API level 1
void suspend ()

This method was deprecated in API level 1.
This method has been deprecated, as it is inherently deadlock-prone. If the target thread holds a lock on the monitor protecting a critical system resource when it is suspended, no thread can access this resource until the target thread is resumed. If the thread that would resume the target thread attempts to lock this monitor prior to calling resume, deadlock results. Such deadlocks typically manifest themselves as "frozen" processes. For more information, see Why are Thread.stop, Thread.suspend and Thread.resume Deprecated?.

Suspends this thread.

First, the checkAccess method of this thread is called with no arguments. This may result in throwing a SecurityException (in the current thread).

If the thread is alive, it is suspended and makes no further progress unless and until it is resumed.

Throws
SecurityException if the current thread cannot modify this thread.

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toString

Added in API level 1
String toString ()

Returns a string representation of this thread, including the thread's name, priority, and thread group.

Returns
String a string representation of this thread.

yield

Added in API level 1
void yield ()

A hint to the scheduler that the current thread is willing to yield its current use of a processor. The scheduler is free to ignore this hint.

Yield is a heuristic attempt to improve relative progression between threads that would otherwise over-utilise a CPU. Its use should be combined with detailed profiling and benchmarking to ensure that it actually has the desired effect.

It is rarely appropriate to use this method. It may be useful for debugging or testing purposes, where it may help to reproduce bugs due to race conditions. It may also be useful when designing concurrency control constructs such as the ones in the java.util.concurrent.locks package.

Protected methods

clone

Added in API level 1
Object clone ()

Throws CloneNotSupportedException as a Thread can not be meaningfully cloned. Construct a new Thread instead.

Returns
Object a clone of this instance.
Throws
CloneNotSupportedException always
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