The Java forEach method is a utility method that can be used to iterate over a Java Collection or a Stream. It is very handy while working with a Stream or any Java collection like List, Map, Set, Stack, Queue, etc.

In this article, you’ll find examples of Java forEach method with List, Map, and Stream.

Java forEach method

The Java forEach method is defined in the Iterable interface. Since the Collection interface extends the Iterable interface, this method is available to all the Java collection classes.

The forEach() method takes a Consumer as an argument and performs the action defined by the Consumer for every item in the collection.

default void forEach(Consumer<? super T> action) {
    for (T t : this) {

A Consumer is a functional interface. It can be created using Java’s anonymous class syntax or using a Lambda expression:

// Creating a consumer using the anonymous class syntax
Consumer<String> action = new Consumer<String>() {
    public void accept(String s) {

        // perform action

// Creating a Consumer using a lambda expression
Consumer<String> action = s -> {
    // perform action

// The curly braces can be omitted if the lambda expression's body consists of a single line
Consumer<String> action = s -> System.out.println(s);

Let’s now see examples of forEach method with List, Map, and Stream.

Java List forEach example

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;

public class ListForEachExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        List<String> names = Arrays.asList("John", "Jack", "Sachin", "Mark");

        // List forEach with lambda expression
        names.forEach(name -> {
            System.out.printf("Hello %s%n", name);

        // List forEach with Method reference

# Output
Hello John
Hello Jack
Hello Sachin
Hello Mark

Java Map forEach example

import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

public class MapForEachExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        Map<Integer, String> employeeIdNameMapping = new HashMap<>();

        employeeIdNameMapping.put(101, "Jack");
        employeeIdNameMapping.put(102, "Maria");
        employeeIdNameMapping.put(103, "Robert");
        employeeIdNameMapping.put(104, "Joseph");

        // Map forEach example
        employeeIdNameMapping.forEach((id, name) -> {
            System.out.printf("Employee ID: %s, Name: %s%n", id, name);

# Output
Employee ID: 101, Name: Jack
Employee ID: 102, Name: Maria
Employee ID: 103, Name: Robert
Employee ID: 104, Name: Joseph

Java Stream forEach example

The Java Stream forEach method is different from the Java Collections forEach method. It is defined in the Stream interface. However, the Stream forEach method also accepts a Consumer. So It works in the same way as the Collections forEach method. Let’s see an example:


public class StreamForEachExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        Stream<String> countries = Stream.of("India", "China", "United States", "United Kingdom", "Germany", "France");

        // Stream forEach with lambda expression
        countries.forEach(name -> {
            System.out.printf("Hello %s%n", name);

        Stream<String> programmingLanguages = Stream.of("Java", "Go", "Rust", "C++", "Swift");

        // Stream forEach with Method reference

        Stream<Integer> numbers = Stream.of(2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 23, 44, 68);

        // Stream forEach with filter
        numbers.filter(num -> num % 2 == 0)
                .forEach(num -> System.out.println(num));
# Output
Hello India
Hello China
Hello United States
Hello United Kingdom
Hello Germany
Hello France