Java two dimensional (2d) array examples

It's been so long since I create a two-dimensional Java array in I almost couldn't remember how to do it. Fortunately I did, and I thought I'd include my sample code here in case it will help anyone else.

So, in this quick tutorial, I'll show you how to create a two-dimensional array (2D array) of Java String objects, and then I'll show you how to access each element in the array.

How to create a two-dimensional Java array

First, here's how I create the two-dimensional arrays of strings with this code:

String[][] data = {
    {"debug/Authentication", "/root/opensso/opensso/debug/Authentication"},
    {"debug/CoreSystem", "/root/opensso/opensso/debug/CoreSystem"},
    {"debug/Policy", "/root/opensso/opensso/debug/Policy"},
    {"debug/Session", "/root/opensso/opensso/debug/Session"},
    {"log/amAuthentication.access", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amAuthentication.access"},
    {"log/amAuthentication.error", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amAuthentication.error"},
    {"log/amConsole.access", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amConsole.access"},
    {"log/amConsole.error", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amConsole.error"},
    {"log/amPolicy.access", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amPolicy.access"},
    {"log/amPolicy.error", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amPolicy.error"},
    {"log/amSSO.access", "/root/opensso/opensso/log/amSSO.access"},

As you can see, with a static array like this it's pretty straightforward, and similar to other languages.

How to access elements in the two-dimensional array

Next, here's how I use this 2D Java array, first getting the array length, then looping through each element in the 2D array:

int numRows = data.length;
for (int i=0; i< numRows; i++)
  logfile = new Logfile(data[i][0], server, 5556, data[i][1], command);

For the purposes of this tutorial it doesn't matter what a Logfile object is, just see how I'm accessing the 2D array named data in this line:

logfile = new Logfile(data[i][0], server, 5556, data[i][1], command);

In this loop, I first access array element, data[0][1], then data[1][1], then data[2][1], etc.

Some other situations may be more complex, and you may need to iterate through the array with two nested for loops, but for my purposes this worked just fine.

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