Getting the Length of an Array

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Arrays are objects which provide space to store up to its size of elements of specified type. An array’s size can not be modified after the array is created.

int[] arr1 = new int[0];
int[] arr2 = new int[2];
int[] arr3 = new int[]{1, 2, 3, 4};
int[] arr4 = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7};

int len1 = arr1.length; // 0
int len2 = arr2.length; // 2
int len3 = arr3.length; // 4
int len4 = arr4.length; // 7

The length field in an array stores the size of an array. It is a final field and cannot be modified.

This code shows the difference between the length of an array and amount of objects an array stores.

public static void main(String[] args) {
    Integer arr[] = new Integer[] {1,2,3,null,5,null,7,null,null,null,11,null,13};

    int arrayLength = arr.length;
    int nonEmptyElementsCount = 0;

    for (int i=0; i<arrayLength; i++) {
        Integer arrElt = arr[i];
        if (arrElt != null) {

    System.out.println("Array 'arr' has a length of "+arrayLength+"\n"
                            + "and it contains "+nonEmptyElementsCount+" non-empty values");


Array 'arr' has a length of 13
and it contains 7 non-empty values

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