How can I read input from the console using the Scanner class in Java?

A simple example to illustrate how java.util.Scanner works would be reading a single integer from It’s really quite simple.

Scanner sc = new Scanner(;
int i = sc.nextInt();

To retrieve a username I would probably use sc.nextLine().

System.out.println("Enter your username: ");
Scanner scanner = new Scanner(;
String username = scanner.nextLine();
System.out.println("Your username is " + username);

You could also use next(String pattern) if you want more control over the input, or just validate the username variable.

You’ll find more information on their implementation in the API Documentation for java.util.Scanner

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