java.lang.Character getType(char ch)


The Character.getType(char ch) java method returns a value indicating a character’s general category.

This method cannot handle supplementary characters. To support all Unicode characters, including supplementary characters, use the getType(int) method.

The getType(char ch) method of Character class is static thus it should be accessed statically which means the we would be calling this method in this format:

Character.getType(char ch)

Non static method is usually called by just declaring method_name(argument) however in this case since the method is static, it should be called by appending the class name as suffix. We will be encountering a compilation problem if we call the java getType() method non statically.

Method Syntax

public static int getType(char ch)

Method Argument

Data Type Parameter Description
char ch the character to be tested.

Method Returns

The getType(char ch) method of Character class returns a value of type int representing the character’s general category.


Requires Java 1.1 and up

Java Character getType(char ch) Example

Below is a simple java example on the usage of getType(char ch) method of Character class.


import java.util.Scanner;

 * This example source code demonstrates the use of 
 * getType(char ch) method of Character class.

public class CharacterGetTypeCharExample {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		// Ask for user input
		System.out.print("Enter an input:");

		// use scanner to get the user input
		Scanner s = new Scanner(;

		// gets the user input
		char[] value = s.nextLine().toCharArray();

		// close the scanner object

		// get a value indicating a character's general category
		for (char ch : value) {
			int result = Character.getNumericValue(ch);
			// print the result
			System.out.println("character " + ch 
					+ " general category is " + result);
		// please refer to Character constants 



Sample Output

Below is the sample output when you run the above example.

java Character getType(char ch) example output