Sorting Objects Using Collections Sort

How do we do sorting of objects using Collections.sort method?

A java programmer usually required to do coding to sort a given set of inputs. Java has inbuilt set of API’s for sorting. There is a Comparable interface in java that needs to be implemented by class whose object needs to be compared. Java classes like “Integer”, “Date” implements this interface, so object of these classes can be sorted easily by Collection’s sort method. We can make a class that implements Comparable interface so that it’s objects can be sorted by “Collections.sort” method.

Using Collections.sort to sort custom class and user defined Comparator


import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.Comparator;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.ListIterator;

class Employee implements Comparable {
  private String name;

  private double salary;

  Employee(String name, double salary) { = name;
    this.salary = salary;

  String getName() {
    return name;

  double getSalary() {
    return salary;

  public String toString() {
    return "Name = " + getName() + ", Salary = " + getSalary();

  public int compareTo(Object o) {
    if (!(o instanceof Employee))
      throw new ClassCastException();

    Employee e = (Employee) o;

    return name.compareTo(e.getName());

  static class SalaryComparator implements Comparator {
    public int compare(Object o1, Object o2) {
      if (!(o1 instanceof Employee) || !(o2 instanceof Employee))
        throw new ClassCastException();

      Employee e1 = (Employee) o1;
      Employee e2 = (Employee) o2;

      return (int) (e1.getSalary() - e2.getSalary());

class UtilDemo4 {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    String[] names = { "A", "B", "C", "D" };

    double[] salaries = { 2.0, 5.0, 6.0, 4.0 };

    List l = new ArrayList();

    for (int i = 0; i < names.length; i++)
      l.add(new Employee(names[i], salaries[i]));


    ListIterator liter = l.listIterator();

    while (liter.hasNext())

    Collections.sort(l, new Employee.SalaryComparator());

    liter = l.listIterator();

    while (liter.hasNext())

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