In this tutorials, I am going to show you how to group a list of objects in Java 8.

Java 8 groupingBy :

groupingBy() is a static method available in Which is used to grouping the objects on the basic of any key and then it returns a Collector.

Syntax groupingBy :

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public static <T,K> Collector<T,?,Map<K,List<T>>>
groupingBy(Function<? super T,? extends K> classifier)


The above groupingBy() method, grouping the input elements(T) according to the classification function and returning the Map as a Collector.

Java 8 groupingBy Example :

In this example we are going to group the Employee objects according to the department ids.

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public class Employee{
private int id;
private int department;
private String name;
public Employee(int id, int department, String name) {
super(); = id;
this.department = department; = name;
public int getId() {
return id;
public int getDepartment() {
return department;
public String getName() {
return name;


package com.onlinetutorialspoint.java8;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

public class Java8_GroupingBy {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        List<Employee> employees = Arrays.asList(
                new Employee(1, 10, "Chandra"), new Employee(1, 20, "Rajesh"),
                new Employee(1, 30, "Rahul"), new Employee(1, 20, "Ramana"));

        Map<Integer, List<Employee>> byDept =

        byDept.forEach((k, v) -> System.out.println("DeptId:"
                + k
                + "  "
                + ((List<Employee>) v).stream().map(m -> m.getName())


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DeptId:20  Rajesh,Ramana
DeptId:10  Chandra
DeptId:30  Rahul


Happy Learning 🙂