Lookup Java enum by string value


Answers

Another solution if the text is not the same to the enumeration value:

public enum Blah {
  A("text1"),
  B("text2"),
  C("text3"),
  D("text4");

  private String text;

  Blah(String text) {
    this.text = text;
  }

  public String getText() {
    return this.text;
  }

  public static Blah fromString(String text) {
    for (Blah b : Blah.values()) {
      if (b.text.equalsIgnoreCase(text)) {
        return b;
      }
    }
    return null;
  }
}
Question

Say I have an enum which is just

public enum Blah {
    A, B, C, D
}

and I would like to find the enum value of a string, for example "A" which would be Blah.A. How would it be possible to do this?

Is the Enum.valueOf() the method I need? If so, how would I use this?




public static MyEnum getFromValue(String value) {
    MyEnum resp = null;
    MyEnum nodes[] = values();
    for(int i = 0; i < nodes.length; i++) {
        if(nodes[i].value.equals(value)) {
            resp = nodes[i];
            break;
        }
    }
    return resp;
}



Another utility capturing in reverse way. Using a value which identify that Enum, not from its name.

import java.lang.reflect.Method;
import java.lang.reflect.Modifier;
import java.util.EnumSet;

public class EnumUtil {

    /**
     * Returns the <code>Enum</code> of type <code>enumType</code> whose a 
     * public method return value of this Enum is 
     * equal to <code>valor</code>.<br/>
     * Such method should be unique public, not final and static method 
     * declared in Enum.
     * In case of more than one method in match those conditions
     * its first one will be chosen.
     * 
     * @param enumType
     * @param value
     * @return 
     */
    public static <E extends Enum<E>> E from(Class<E> enumType, Object value) {
        String methodName = getMethodIdentifier(enumType);
        return from(enumType, value, methodName);
    }

    /**
     * Returns the <code>Enum</code> of type <code>enumType</code> whose  
     * public method <code>methodName</code> return is 
     * equal to <code>value</code>.<br/>
     *
     * @param enumType
     * @param value
     * @param methodName
     * @return
     */
    public static <E extends Enum<E>> E from(Class<E> enumType, Object value, String methodName) {
        EnumSet<E> enumSet = EnumSet.allOf(enumType);
        for (E en : enumSet) {
            try {
                String invoke = enumType.getMethod(methodName).invoke(en).toString();
                if (invoke.equals(value.toString())) {
                    return en;
                }
            } catch (Exception e) {
                return null;
            }
        }
        return null;
    }

    private static String getMethodIdentifier(Class<?> enumType) {
        Method[] methods = enumType.getDeclaredMethods();
        String name = null;
        for (Method method : methods) {
            int mod = method.getModifiers();
            if (Modifier.isPublic(mod) && !Modifier.isStatic(mod) && !Modifier.isFinal(mod)) {
                name = method.getName();
                break;
            }
        }
        return name;
    }
}

Example:

public enum Foo {
    ONE("eins"), TWO("zwei"), THREE("drei");

    private String value;

    private Foo(String value) {
        this.value = value;
    }

    public String getValue() {
        return value;
    }
}

EnumUtil.from(Foo.class, "drei") returns Foo.THREE, because it will use getValue to match "drei", which is unique public, not final and not static method in Foo. In case Foo has more than on public, not final and not static method, for example, getTranslate which returns "drei", the other method can be used: EnumUtil.from(Foo.class, "drei", "getTranslate").




Solution using Guava libraries. Method getPlanet () is case insensitive, so getPlanet ("MerCUrY") will return Planet.MERCURY.

package com.universe.solarsystem.planets;
import org.apache.commons.lang3.StringUtils;
import com.google.common.base.Enums;
import com.google.common.base.Optional;

//Pluto and Eris are dwarf planets, who cares!
public enum Planet {
   MERCURY,
   VENUS,
   EARTH,
   MARS,
   JUPITER,
   SATURN,
   URANUS,
   NEPTUNE;

   public static Planet getPlanet(String name) {
      String val = StringUtils.trimToEmpty(name).toUpperCase();
      Optional <Planet> possible = Enums.getIfPresent(Planet.class, val);
      if (!possible.isPresent()) {
         throw new IllegalArgumentException(val + "? There is no such planet!");
      }
      return possible.get();
   }
}



O(1) method inspired from thrift generated code which utilize a hashmap.

public enum USER {
        STUDENT("jon",0),TEACHER("tom",1);

        private static final Map<String, Integer> map = new HashMap<>();

        static {
                for (USER user : EnumSet.allOf(USER.class)) {
                        map.put(user.getTypeName(), user.getIndex());
                }
        }

        public static int findIndexByTypeName(String typeName) {
                return map.get(typeName);
        }

        private USER(String typeName,int index){
                this.typeName = typeName;
                this.index = index;
        }
        private String typeName;
        private int index;
        public String getTypeName() {
                return typeName;
        }
        public void setTypeName(String typeName) {
                this.typeName = typeName;
        }
        public int getIndex() {
                return index;
        }
        public void setIndex(int index) {
                this.index = index;
        }

}



I like to use this sort of process to parse commands as strings into enumerations. I normally have one of the enumerations as "unknown" so it helps to have that returned when the others are not found (even on a case insensitive basis) rather than null (that meaning there is no value). Hence I use this approach.

static <E extends Enum<E>> Enum getEnumValue(String what, Class<E> enumClass) {
    Enum<E> unknown=null;
    for (Enum<E> enumVal: enumClass.getEnumConstants()) {  
        if (what.compareToIgnoreCase(enumVal.name()) == 0) {
            return enumVal;
        }
        if (enumVal.name().compareToIgnoreCase("unknown") == 0) {
            unknown=enumVal;
        }
    }  
    return unknown;
}



Use the pattern from Joshua Bloch, Effective Java:

(simplified for brevity)

enum MyEnum {
  ENUM_1("A"),
  ENUM_2("B");

  private String name;

  private static final Map<String,MyEnum> ENUM_MAP;

  MyEnum (String name) {
    this.name = name;
  }

  public String getName() {
    return this.name;
  }

  // Build an immutable map of String name to enum pairs.
  // Any Map impl can be used.

  static {
    Map<String,MyEnum> map = new ConcurrentHashMap<String,MyEnum>();
    for (MyEnum instance : MyEnum.values()) {
      map.put(instance.getName(),instance);
    }
    ENUM_MAP = Collections.unmodifiableMap(map);
  }

  public static MyEnum get (String name) {
    return ENUM_MAP.get(name);
  }
}

Also see:

Oracle Java Example using Enum and Map of instances

Execution order of of static blocks in an Enum type

How can I lookup a Java enum from its String value




Another way of doing this by using implicit static method name() of Enum. name will return the exact string used to create that enum which can be used to check against provided string:

public enum Blah {

    A, B, C, D;

    public static Blah getEnum(String s){
        if(A.name().equals(s)){
            return A;
        }else if(B.name().equals(s)){
            return B;
        }else if(C.name().equals(s)){
            return C;
        }else if (D.name().equals(s)){
            return D;
        }
        throw new IllegalArgumentException("No Enum specified for this string");
    }
}

Testing:

System.out.println(Blah.getEnum("B").name());

//it will print B  B

inspiration: 10 Examples of Enum in Java




You should also be careful with your case. Let me explain: doing Blah.valueOf("A") works, but Blah.valueOf("a") will not work. Then again Blah.valueOf("a".toUpperCase(Locale.ENGLISH)) would work.

edit
Changed toUpperCase to toUpperCase(Locale.ENGLISH) based on tc. comment and the java docs

edit2 On android you should use Locale.US, as sulai points out.




If you don't want to write your own utility use Google's guava library:

Enums.getIfPresent(Blah.class, "A")

Unlike the built in java function it let's you check if A is present in Blah and doesn't throw an exception.




In Java 8 the static Map pattern is even easier and is my preffered method. If you want to use the Enum with Jackson you can override toString and use that instead of name, then annotate with @JsonValue

public enum MyEnum {
    BAR,
    BAZ;
    private static final Map<String, MyEnum> MAP = Stream.of(MyEnum.values()).collect(Collectors.toMap(Enum::name, Function.identity()));
    public static MyEnum fromName(String name){
        return MAP.get(name);
    }
}

public enum MyEnumForJson {
    BAR("bar"),
    BAZ("baz");
    private static final Map<String, MyEnumForJson> MAP = Stream.of(MyEnumForJson.values()).collect(Collectors.toMap(Object::toString, Function.identity()));
    private final String value;

    MyEnumForJson(String value) {
        this.value = value;
    }

    @JsonValue
    @Override
    public String toString() {
        return value;
    }

    public static MyEnumForJson fromValue(String value){
        return MAP.get(value);
    }
}