How do I escape / display percent sign in printf statement?

You have a problem displaying the % sign when you want to print a number in percentage format using the printf() method. Because the % sign is use as a prefix of format specifiers, you need to escape it if you want to display the % sign as part of the output string.

To escape the percent sign (%) you need to write it twice, like %%. It will print out a single % sign as part of your printf() method output. Let see an example in the code snippet below:

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class EscapePercentSignExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String format = "The current bank interest rate is %6.2f%%.%n";
        System.out.printf(format, 10f);

In the code snippet above we use the following format %6.2f%%.%n which can be explained as:

  • %6.2f format the number (10f) as six characters in width, right justified, with two places after decimal point. The f conversion character means it accept a float value.
  • %% will escape the % sign and print it as part of the output.
  • %n will print out a new line character.

When you execute the code, it will print:

The current bank interest rate is  10.00%.

How to split a string by a number of characters?

The following code snippet will show you how to split a string by numbers of characters. We create a method called splitToNChars() that takes two arguments. The first arguments is the string to be split and the second arguments is the split size.

This splitToNChars() method will split the string in a for loop. First we’ll create a List object that will store parts of the split string. Next we do a loop and get the substring for the defined size from the text and store it into the List. After the entire string is read we convert the List object into an array of String by using the List‘s toArray() method.

Let’s see the code snippet below:

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;

public class SplitStringForEveryNChar {
    public static void main(String[] args) {

        System.out.println(Arrays.toString(splitToNChar(text, 3)));
        System.out.println(Arrays.toString(splitToNChar(text, 4)));
        System.out.println(Arrays.toString(splitToNChar(text, 5)));

     * Split text into n number of characters.
     * @param text the text to be split.
     * @param size the split size.
     * @return an array of the split text.
    private static String[] splitToNChar(String text, int size) {
        List<String> parts = new ArrayList<>();

        int length = text.length();
        for (int i = 0; i < length; i += size) {
            parts.add(text.substring(i, Math.min(length, i + size)));
        return parts.toArray(new String[0]);

When run the code snippet will output:


How do I split a string with multiple spaces?

This code snippet show you how to split string with multiple white-space characters. To split the string this way we use the "\s+" regular expression. The white-space characters include space, tab, line-feed, carriage-return, new line, form-feed.

Let’s see the code snippet below:

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

import java.util.Arrays;

public class SplitStringMultiSpaces {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String text = "18/08/2012    SHOES      RUNNING RED   99.9 USD";

        // Split the string using the \s+ regex to split multi spaces
        // line of text.
        String[] items = text.split("\\s+");
        System.out.println("Length = " + items.length);
        System.out.println("Items  = " + Arrays.toString(items));

The result of the code snippet is:

Length = 6
Items  = [18/08/2017, SHOES, RUNNING, RED, 99.9, USD]