In the previous tutorials, we discussed about how to convert a list to map in Java 8. But when we convert the List to Map we need to be a bit careful about the entries in map.

If a list contains null values, the toMap() method will throw NullPointerException in Collectors.toMap.

Why NullPointerException in Collectors.toMap ?

While converting the list to map, the toMap() method internally uses merge() method from java.util.Map interface. The merge() is a default method which was introduced in Java 8. It doesn’t allow the null key or values.

Java Doc Says : The merge() will throw NullPointerException – the specified key is null and this map does not support null keys or the value or remappingFunction is null.

How to resolve NullPointerException in Collectors.toMap ?

We can avoid the NullPointerException by using the foreach method of list like below ways.

Solution 1 :

​package com.onlinetutorialspoint.java8;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;
public class Java8ListToMap {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        List<Department> deptList = new ArrayList<Department>();   
        deptList.add(new Department(1, "IT"));
        deptList.add(new Department(2, "HR"));
        deptList.add(new Department(3, null));
        deptList.add(new Department(4, "Development"));
        deptList.add(new Department(5, "Recruitment"));
        Map<Integer,  String> deptMap = new HashMap<>();
        deptList.forEach((dept) -> deptMap.put(dept.getDeptId(), dept.getDeptName()));
        deptMap.forEach((k,v)->System.out.println("DeptId (" + k + ") Name :" + v));


Output :

​DeptId (1) Name :IT
DeptId (2) Name :HR
DeptId (3) Name :null
DeptId (4) Name :Development
DeptId (5) Name :Recruitment​

Solution 2 :

​Map<Integer, String> map=
                .collect(HashMap::new, (m,v)->m.put(v.getDeptId(), v.getDeptName()), HashMap::putAll);
        map.forEach((k,v)->System.out.println("DeptId (" + k + ") Name :" + v));​

Output :

​DeptId (1) Name :IT
DeptId (2) Name :HR
DeptId (3) Name :null
DeptId (4) Name :Development
DeptId (5) Name :Recruitment

Happy Learning 🙂