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Java String equalsIgnoreCase()

The Java String equalsIgnoreCase() method compares two strings, ignoring case differences. If the strings are equal, equalsIgnoreCase() returns true. If not, it returns false.

The syntax of the string equalsIgnoreCase() method is:

string.equalsIgnoreCase(String str)

Here, string is an object of the String class.

equalsIgnoreCase() Parameters

The string equalsIgnoreCase() method takes a single parameter.

  • str - the string to be compared

equalsToIgnoreCase() Return Value

  • returns true if the strings are equal, ignoring case considerations
  • returns false if the strings are not equal
  • returns false if the str argument is null

Example 1: Java String equalsIgnoreCase()

class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String str1 = "Learn Java";
        String str2 = "learn java";
        String str3 = "Learn Kolin";
        Boolean result;

        // comparing str1 with str2
        result = str1.equalsIgnoreCase(str2);
        System.out.println(result); // true

        // comparing str1 with str3
        result = str1.equalsIgnoreCase(str3);
        System.out.println(result); // false

        // comparing str3 with str1
        result = str3.equalsIgnoreCase(str1);
        System.out.println(result); // false


  • str1 and str2 are equal if you do not consider case differences. Hence, str1.equalsIgnoreCase(str2) returns true.
  • str1 and str3 are not equal. Hence, str1.equalsIgnoreCase(str3) and str3.equalsIgnoreCase(str1) returns false.

Example 2: Check if Two Strings are Equal

class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String str1 = "LEARN JAVA";
        String str2 = "Learn Java";
        // if str1 and str2 are equal (ignoring case differences),
        // the result is true
        if (str1.equalsIgnoreCase(str2)) {
            System.out.println("str1 and str2 are equal");
        else {
            System.out.println("str1 and str2 are not equal");


str1 and str2 are equal

If you need to compare two strings with case differences taken into consideration, use either