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Java Console format() Method with Example

Console Class format() method: Here, we are going to learn about the format() method of Console Class with its syntax and example.
Submitted by Preeti Jain, on March 31, 2020

Console Class format() method

  • format() method is available in package.
  • format() method is used to write the formatted string to this Console with the help of the given string format and object parameters.
  • format() method is a non-static method, it is accessible with the class object only and if we try to access the method with the class name then we will get an error.
  • format() method may throw an exception at the time of formatting this Console.
    IllegalFormatException: This exception may throw when a given string format is not valid.


    public Console format(String frmt, Object... params);


  • String frmt – represents the format string as defined in the Format string.
  • Object... params – represents the parameters addressed by the format specifiers in the format string.

Return value:

The return type of the method is Console, it returns this Console.


// Java program to demonstrate the example 
// of Console format(String frmt , Object… params)
// method of Console


public class FormatOfConsole {
 public static void main(String[] args) {
  try {
   // Instantiates Console 
   Console con = System.console();

   // Define a string format for rows and columns
   String frmt = "%1$15s %2$20s %3$20s%n";

   // By using format() method isto format the
   // the given string in rows and column
   con.format(frmt, "Student_Name", "Student_Add", "Student_ph");
   con.format(frmt, "Preeti", "Delhi", "9425667852");
   con.format(frmt, "Rahul", "Delhi", "8871459682");
   con.format(frmt, "Shreya", "Delhi", "7216589745");
   con.format(frmt, "Rama", "Bangalore", "8871568492");
   con.format(frmt, "Anjali", "London", "8872589261");

  } catch (Exception ex) {


Student_Name          Student_Add           Student_ph
         Preeti                Delhi           9425667852
          Rahul                Delhi           8871459682
         Shreya                Delhi           7216589745
           Rama            Bangalore           8871568492
         Anjali               London           8872589261


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