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Java HashMap containsValue() Method with Example

HashMap Class containsValue() method: Here, we are going to learn about the containsValue() method of HashMap Class with its syntax and example.
Submitted by Preeti Jain, on March 04, 2020

HashMap Class containsValue() method

  • containsValue() method is available in java.util package.
  • containsValue() method is used to check whether this HashMap associates at least one key element for the given value element (val_ele) or not.
  • containsValue() 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.
  • containsValue() method does not throw an exception at the time of checking the given value element.


    public boolean containsValue(Object val_ele);


  • Object val_ele – represents the value element to test the existence of its associated key.

Return value:

The return type of the method is boolean, it returns true when this HashMap hold at least one key element for the given value element (val_ele) otherwise it returns false.


// Java program to demonstrate the example 
// of boolean containsValue(Object val_ele)
// method of HashMap 

import java.util.*;

public class ContainsValueOfHashMap {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Instantiates a HashMap object
        Map < Integer, String > map = new HashMap < Integer, String > ();

        // By using put() method is to add
        // key-value pairs in a HashMap
        map.put(10, "C");
        map.put(20, "C++");
        map.put(50, "JAVA");
        map.put(40, "PHP");
        map.put(30, "SFDC");

        // Display HashMap
        System.out.println("HashMap: " + map);

        // By using containsValue() method is
        // to check whether this map associates
        // any key for the given key elemen or not
        // in this HashMap

        boolean status = map.containsValue("PHP");

        System.out.print("map.containsValue(PHP): ");


HashMap: {50=JAVA, 20=C++, 40=PHP, 10=C, 30=SFDC}
map.containsValue(PHP): true


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