Java Stream min()

The Stream min() method is used to select the minimum/smallest element in the Stream according to the Comparator used for comparing the elements.

The Comparator imposes a total ordering on the Stream elements which may not have a natural ordering.

1. Stream min() Method

1.1. Method Syntax

  • The method takes a non-interfering, stateless Comparator to compare elements of the stream.
  • It returns an Optional describing the maximum element of the stream, or an empty Optional if the stream is empty.
  • The min() method throws NullPointerException if the minimum element found is null.
Optional<T> min(Comparator<? super T> comparator)

1.2. Description

  • This is a terminal operation. So stream cannot be used after this method is executed.
  • Returns the minimum/smallest element of this stream according to the provided Comparator.
  • This is a special case of a stream reduction.
  • The method argument shall be a non-interfering, stateless Comparator.
  • The method returns an Optional describing the smallest element of this stream, or an empty Optional if the stream is empty.
  • It may throw NullPointerException if the smallest element is null.

2. Stream min() Examples

Example 1: Finding Smallest Element with Lambda Expression

Java example to find the minimum number from a stream of numbers using comparator as lambda expression.

List<Integer> list = Arrays.asList(2, 4, 1, 3, 7, 5, 9, 6, 8);

Optional<Integer> minNumber = list.stream()
            .min((i, j) -> i.compareTo(j));

System.out.println(minNumber.get());

Program output.

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Example 2: Finding Smallest Element with Comparator

Java example to find the minimum number from a stream of numbers using custom comparator.

List<Integer> list = Arrays.asList(2, 4, 1, 3, 7, 5, 9, 6, 8);
 
Comparator<Integer> minComparator = new Comparator<Integer>() {
   
  @Override
  public int compare(Integer n1, Integer n2) {
    return n1.compareTo(n2);
  }
};

Optional<Integer> minNumber = list.stream()
            .min(minComparator);

System.out.println(minNumber.get());

Program output.

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