How to remove element from ArrayList by checking its value?

The Solution to How to remove element from ArrayList by checking its value? is

In your case, there's no need to iterate through the list, because you know which object to delete. You have several options. First you can remove the object by index (so if you know, that the object is the second list element):

 a.remove(1);       // indexes are zero-based

Then, you can remove the first occurence of your string:

 a.remove("acbd");  // removes the first String object that is equal to the
                    // String represented by this literal

Or, remove all strings with a certain value:

 while(a.remove("acbd")) {}

It's a bit more complicated, if you have more complex objects in your collection and want to remove instances, that have a certain property. So that you can't remove them by using remove with an object that is equal to the one you want to delete.

In those case, I usually use a second list to collect all instances that I want to delete and remove them in a second pass:

 List<MyBean> deleteCandidates = new ArrayList<>();
 List<MyBean> myBeans = getThemFromSomewhere();

 // Pass 1 - collect delete candidates
 for (MyBean myBean : myBeans) {
    if (shallBeDeleted(myBean)) {

 // Pass 2 - delete
 for (MyBean deleteCandidate : deleteCandidates) {

~ Answered on 2013-01-09 09:17:39

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