JAVA Tutorial II – Data Types (Part V – Char)

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What is a Char?

Char is short for character, and they are interesting data types.They can only hold single values, which isn’t very useful if you are trying to hold a lot of data. But they do have their uses. If you want to create a multiple choice test, you can use chars as the values, but you are going to have to convert them from Strings. That is a complicated process which I am not inclined to explain in this tutorial. What I will explain is how to declare the value of a char.

Here is the Code:

So we’ll declare a simple char, and output it.

import java.util.Scanner;public class Char {public static void main(String[] args) {</p>

Scanner charscanner = new Scanner(;


char x = ‘a’;


System.out.print(“The character is ” + x);





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This is pretty self-explanatory. But the only difference, is in order to declare a char, you need to use only a single character like a period or the letter “a.”

So this is how you use a Char in Java

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