Java static Keyword

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A static method means that it can be accessed without creating an object of the class, unlike public:

public class MyClass {
  // Static method
  static void myStaticMethod() {
    System.out.println("Static methods can be called without creating objects");

  // Public method
  public void myPublicMethod() {
    System.out.println("Public methods must be called by creating objects");

  // Main method
  public static void main(String[ ] args) {
    myStaticMethod(); // Call the static method
    // myPublicMethod(); This would output an error

    MyClass myObj = new MyClass(); // Create an object of MyClass
    myObj.myPublicMethod(); // Call the public method

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Definition and Usage

The static keyword is a non-access modifier used for methods and attributes. Static methods/attributes can be accessed without creating an object of a class.

Related Pages

Read more about modifiers in our Java Modifiers Tutorial.

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