How to create list of lists in java


In this posts, we will see how to create a list of lists in java.
You can easily create a list of lists using below syntax

List<ArrayList<String>> listOfLists = new ArrayList<ArrayList<String>>();
ArrayList<ArrayList<String>> listOfLists = new ArrayList<ArrayList<String>>();

One of the Usecase

This is generally useful when you are trying to read a CSV file and then you need to handle list of lists to get it in memory, perform some processing and write back to another CSV file.

Let’s take a simple example for list of lists.

When you run above program, you will get below output.


Question on list of lists

Can you instantiate List as below

No, you can’t.
Let’s understand the reason for it.
Let’s say you have list as below:

Now suppose you could assign that to

Now, you should be able to do this:

But that means you have just added a LinkedList  to a list whose elements are supposed to be ArrayList only.That’s why it is not allowed to do it.
That’s all about how to create list of lists in java.


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