Java: Properties Class Methods and Examples

java.util.Properties class is a subclass of HashTable. Properties class store values in key and value pairs both as String.

We can define our properties by properties (extension as .properties) or by Properties class. The main benefit of define properties in the properties file. If something needs to change then don’t need to recompile the Java Class.

Method of Properties Class

public void load(Reader r) loads data from the Reader object.
public void load(InputStream is) loads data from the InputStream object
public String getProperty(String key) returns value based on the key.
public void setProperty(String key, String value) sets the property in the properties object.
public void store(Writer w, String comment) writers the properties in the writer object.
public void store(OutputStream os, String comment) writes the properties in the OutputStream object.
storeToXML(OutputStream os, String comment) writers the properties in the writer object for generating the XML document.
public void storeToXML(Writer w, String comment, String encoding) writers the properties in the writer object for generating an XML document with the specified encoding.

Example: Create Properties File

import java.util.Properties;

public class CreateProprtiesFile {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		Properties p = new Properties();
		//append properties in class as key and value
		p.setProperty("name", "Saurabh Gupta");
		p.setProperty("email", "");

		//Write in properties file FileWriter(""),
				"FacingIssuesOnIT Properties Example");


Properties file creation

Example: Read Properties File

In this example, you will learn to read properties from the file.

import java.util.Properties;

public class ReadPropertiesFile {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception{
		//Read properties file
		 FileReader reader=new FileReader("");   

		    Properties p=new Properties();
		    //Load file as properties

		    //retrieve value of property one by one



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Example : Print System Level Properties

import java.util.Map;
import java.util.Properties;

public class PrintSystemProperties {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception{   

		//Get all properties from System class
		Properties properties=System.getProperties(); 

		//Print all System level properties
		System.out.println("Your Machine Properties :\n");
		for(Map.Entry entry:properties.entrySet())
			System.out.println(entry.getKey()+" = "+entry.getValue());




Your Machine Properties : = Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment
sun.boot.library.path = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\bin
java.vm.version = 25.73-b02
java.vm.vendor = Oracle Corporation
java.vendor.url =
path.separator = ; = Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM
file.encoding.pkg = = US
user.script = = SUN_STANDARD
sun.os.patch.level = = Java Virtual Machine Specification
user.dir = F:\Workspace-Learning\Session8Examples
java.runtime.version = 1.8.0_73-b02
java.awt.graphicsenv = sun.awt.Win32GraphicsEnvironment
java.endorsed.dirs = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\endorsed
os.arch = amd64 = C:\Users\SAURAB~1\AppData\Local\Temp\
line.separator = 

java.vm.specification.vendor = Oracle Corporation
user.variant = = Windows 10
sun.jnu.encoding = Cp1252
java.library.path = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\bin;C:\WINDOWS\Sun\Java\bin;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:/Program Files/Java/jre1.8.0_73/bin/server;C:/Program Files/Java/jre1.8.0_73/bin;C:/Program Files/Java/jre1.8.0_73/lib/amd64;C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath;C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\System32\Wbem;C:\WINDOWS\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\WINDOWS\System32\OpenSSH\;C:\Program Files\Intel\WiFi\bin\;C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intel\WirelessCommon\;C:\Program Files\Git\cmd;%JAVA_HOME%\bin;C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Shell 8.0\bin\;C:\Users\Saurabh Gupta\Desktop;;. = Java Platform API Specification
java.class.version = 52.0 = HotSpot 64-Bit Tiered Compilers
os.version = 10.0
user.home = C:\Users\Saurabh Gupta
user.timezone = 
java.awt.printerjob =
file.encoding = Cp1252
java.specification.version = 1.8
java.class.path = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\resources.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\rt.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\jsse.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\jce.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\charsets.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\jfr.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\access-bridge-64.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\cldrdata.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\dnsns.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\jaccess.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\jfxrt.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\localedata.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\nashorn.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\sunec.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\sunjce_provider.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\sunmscapi.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\sunpkcs11.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext\zipfs.jar;F:\Workspace-Learning\Session8Examples\bin = Saurabh Gupta
java.vm.specification.version = 1.8 =
java.home = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre = 64
user.language = en
java.specification.vendor = Oracle Corporation
awt.toolkit = = mixed mode
java.version = 1.8.0_73
java.ext.dirs = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\ext;C:\WINDOWS\Sun\Java\lib\ext
sun.boot.class.path = C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\resources.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\rt.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\sunrsasign.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\jsse.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\jce.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\charsets.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\lib\jfr.jar;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_73\jre\classes
java.vendor = Oracle Corporation
file.separator = \
java.vendor.url.bug = = UnicodeLittle
sun.cpu.endian = little
sun.desktop = windows
sun.cpu.isalist = amd64

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