How do I set the priority of a thread?

Threads always run with some priority, usually represented as a number between 1 and 10 (although in some cases the range is less than 10). A thread gets a default priority that is the priority of the thread of execution that creates it.

But, you can also set a thread’s priority directly by calling the setPriority() method on a Thread instance. One thing to remember about thread priorities is never rely on thread priorities, because thread-scheduling priority behavior is not guaranteed.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class ThreadPriority extends Thread {
    private String threadName;

    ThreadPriority(String threadName) {
        this.threadName = threadName;

    public void run() {
        System.out.println("Running [" + threadName + "]");
        for (int i = 1; i <= 10; i++) {
            System.out.println("[" + threadName + "] => " + i);

            try {
            } catch (InterruptedException e) {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        ThreadPriority thread1 = new ThreadPriority("First");
        ThreadPriority thread2 = new ThreadPriority("Second");
        ThreadPriority thread3 = new ThreadPriority("Third");
        ThreadPriority thread4 = new ThreadPriority("Fourth");
        ThreadPriority thread5 = new ThreadPriority("Fifth");

        // set thread1 to minimum priority = 1

        // set thread2 to priority 2

        // set thread3 to normal priority = 5

        // set thread4 to priority 8

        // set thread5 to maximum priority = 10


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