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Java Enum finalize() method with example

Enum Class finalize() method: Here, we are going to learn about the finalize() method of Enum Class with its syntax and example.
Submitted by Preeti Jain, on December 05, 2019

Enum Class finalize() method

  • finalize() method is available in java.lang package.
  • finalize() method is used to represent that enum classes do not contain finalize methods.
  • finalize() 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.
  • finalize() method is a final method, it does not override in child class.
  • finalize() method does not throw an exception at the time of executing finalize() methods.


    protected final void finalize();


  • It does not accept any parameter.

Return value:

The return type of this method is void, it returns nothing.


// Java program to demonstrate the example 
// of void finalize() method of 
// Enum class

enum Weeks {

public class Finalize {
    public static void main(String args[]) throws Throwable {

        System.out.println("Enum classes can't contain finalize methods");

        Finalize f = new Finalize() {
            protected final void finalize() throws Throwable {
                System.out.println("We are in finalize methods");


Enum classes can't contain finalize methods

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