How do I check whether a thread group has been destroyed?

You can use ThreadGroup.isDestroyed() method to check whether a thread group and its subgroups has been destroyed.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class CheckGroupDestroy {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        ThreadGroup grandParent = new ThreadGroup("GrandParent");
        ThreadGroup uncle = new ThreadGroup(grandParent, "Uncle");
        ThreadGroup parent = new ThreadGroup(grandParent, "Parent");
        ThreadGroup son = new ThreadGroup(parent, "Son");
        ThreadGroup daughter = new ThreadGroup(parent, "Daughter");
        ThreadGroup neighbour = new ThreadGroup("Neighbour");

        ThreadGroup[] groupArray = {
                grandParent, uncle, parent, son, daughter, neighbour

        // Destroy 'parent' group and all its subgroups

        // Check whether the group is destroyed. The result is,
        // GrandParent, Uncle, and Neighbour did not destroyed
        // because they are not Parent's subgroups
        for (ThreadGroup tg : groupArray) {
            if (tg.isDestroyed()) {
                System.out.println(tg.getName() + " is destroyed");
            } else {
                System.out.println(tg.getName() + " is not destroyed");

The result is:

GrandParent is not destroyed
Uncle is not destroyed
Parent is destroyed
Son is destroyed
Daughter is destroyed
Neighbour is not destroyed

How do I destroy a thread group?

You can destroy a thread group by using destroy() method of ThreadGroup class. It will cleans up the thread group and removes it from the thread group hierarchy. It’s not only destroy the thread group, but also all its subgroups.

The destroy() method is of limited use: it can only be called if there are no threads presently in the thread group.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class ThreadGroupDestroy {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        ThreadGroup root = new ThreadGroup("Root");
        ThreadGroup server = new ThreadGroup(root, "ServerGroup");
        ThreadGroup client = new ThreadGroup(root, "ClientGroup");

        // Destroy 'root' thread groups and all its subgroup
        // ('server' & 'client')

        // Check if 'root' group and its subgroups already destroyed
        if (root.isDestroyed()) {
            System.out.println("Root group is destroyed");

        if (server.isDestroyed()) {
            System.out.println("Server group is destroyed");

        if (client.isDestroyed()) {
            System.out.println("Client group is destroyed");