How to Break a Loop in Java

In Brief...

In Java, the break statement causes the execution of a loop to stop. The loop can be a for, while, or do...while loop. To understand how to break out of a loop, follow these four steps.


  1. Open your text editor and type in the following Java statements.
    Java Source for Loop
    The array contains dollar amounts for each item of an order. If the dollar amount exceeds $25.00 in the loop, then a break statement is issued. This action will cause the loop to stop, and control resumes with the first statement following the loop.

  2. Save your file as

  3. Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory containing your Java program. Then type in the command to compile the source and hit Enter.
    Compile Source for Break a Loop Program

  4. You are ready to test your program. Type in the command to run the Java runtime launcher and then hit Enter. Notice the loop was stopped when the accumulated amount of the line items exceeded $25.00.
    Run the Break a Loop Program

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