Friday, February 24, 2012

How to solve java.util.NoSuchElementException in Java

How to fix java.util.NoSuchElementException in Java

java.util.NoSuchElementException is a RuntimeException which can be thrown by different classes in Java like Iterator, Enumerator, Scanner or StringTokenizer. All of those classes has method to fetch next element or next tokens if underlying data-structure doesn't have any element Java throws "java.util.NoSuchElementException". Most common example of this iterating over hashmap without checking if there is any element or not and that's why it's advised to use hashNext() before calling next() on Iterator. In this Java tutorial we will what causes NoSuchElementException in Java and how to avoid it completely.

Cause of Exception in thread "main" java.util.NoSuchElementException:

How to solve java.util.NoSuchElementException in Javahere are possible cause of java.util.NoSuchElementException in Java:

1) As per Javadoc NoSuchElementException is thrown if you call nextElement() method of Enumeration and there is
no more element in Enumeration. below code will throw java.util.NoSuchElementException because Enumeration of hastable is empty.

public class NoSuchElementExceptionDemo{

    public static void main(String args[]) {
        Hashtable sampleMap = new Hashtable();
        Enumeration enumeration = sampleMap.elements();
        enumeration.nextElement();  //java.util.NoSuchElementExcepiton here because enumeration is empty

Exception in thread "main" java.util.NoSuchElementException: Hashtable Enumerator
        at java.util.Hashtable$EmptyEnumerator.nextElement(Hashtable.java:1084)
        at test.ExceptionTest.main(NoSuchElementExceptionDemo.java:23)

Here is another example of java.util.NoSuchElementException which will be thrown because we are calling next() method of Iterator which doesn't contain any element:

public class NoSuchElementExceptionExample {

    public static void main(String args[]) {
        HashMap sampleMap = new HashMap();
        Iterator itr = sampleMap.keySet().iterator();
        itr.next();  //java.util.NoSuchElementExcepiton here because iterator is empty

Exception in thread "main" java.util.NoSuchElementException
        at java.util.HashMap$HashIterator.nextEntry(HashMap.java:796)
        at java.util.HashMap$KeyIterator.next(HashMap.java:828)
        at test.NoSuchElementExceptionExample.main(ExceptionTest.java:22

In order to avoid these NoSuchElementException always call Iterator.hasNext() or Enumeration.hasMoreElements() before calling next() or nextElement() method.

java.util.StringTokenizer can also throw NoSuchElementException if there is no more token or element and you call
nextToken() or nextElement() method. here is an example of java.util.NoSuchElementException while using StringTokenizer in Java

import java.util.StringTokenizer;

public class StringTokenizerDemo {
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        StringTokenizer tokenReader = new StringTokenizer("", ":");

Exception in thread "main" java.util.NoSuchElementException
        at java.util.StringTokenizer.nextToken(StringTokenizer.java:332)
        at test.ExceptionTest.main(StringTokenizerDemo.java:23)

To get rid of this exception while using Stringtokenizer call hasMoreTokens() or hashMoreElements() before proceding
to call nextToken() or nextElement().

here is modified code which will not throw java.util.NoSuchElementException even if there is no more element because
its safe guarded form hashMoreTokens() method which return true if there is more tokens available.

 StringTokenizer tokenReader = new StringTokenizer("", ":");
 while (tokenReader.hasMoreTokens()) {

We have seen possible cause of java.lang.NoSuchElementException in Java , It can come while using Iterator or Enumeration or StringTokenizer. Best way to fix NoSuchElementException in java is to avoid it by checking Iterator with hashNext(), Enumeration with hashMoreElements() and StringTokenizer with hashMoreTokens().

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Anonymous said...

My programe was throwing "java.util.nosuchelementexception hashtable enumerator" and I was clueless about it. your tutorial helped me.

Anonymous said...

I have check hasNext() Then also this error is coming

Anonymous said...

Most probably you are calling next() method more than "the number of existing elements" inside the loop.


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