Java program to check whether a file can be read or not

In this java program, we are going to check whether a given file can be read or not? To check this, we are using File.canRead() method.
Submitted by IncludeHelp, on October 28, 2017

Given a file, and we have to check whether file can be read or not using Java program.

In this program, there is a file named "C.txt" which is saved in "E:\" drive in my system, so that path is "E:/C.txt".

To check that file can be read or not, there is a method canRead() of "File" class, it returns 'true' if file can be read or returns 'false' if file cannot be read.

Program to check, file can be read or not in Java


public class DetermineFileCanBeRead {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String filePath = "E:/C.txt";
    File file = new File(filePath);

    if (file.canRead()) {
      System.out.println("File " + file.getPath() + " can be read");
    } else {
      System.out.println("File " + file.getPath() + " can not be read");


File E:\A.txt can be read

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