Convert Java Byte Array to String with code examples

In this tutorial, we will see how we can convert a Java byte array to String in three different ways,

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Example 1: Using the String Object Constructor

//converting String to byte array
byte[] byteArray = "This is a byte array".getBytes(StandardCharsets.UTF_8);

//converting byte array to String
String str = new String(byteArray);

For the ease of a demo, we have converted a String to a byte array using the getBytes() method, we are constructing a new String by decoding the byte array,

Extract from class,
     * Constructs a new {@code String} by decoding the specified array of bytes
     * using the platform's default charset.  The length of the new {@code
     * String} is a function of the charset, and hence may not be equal to the
     * Length of the byte array.
     * The behavior of this constructor when the given bytes are not valid
     * in the default charset is unspecified.  The {@link
     * java.nio.charset.CharsetDecoder} class should be used when more control
     * over the decoding process is required.
     * @param  bytes
     *         The bytes to be decoded into characters
     * @since  1.1

    public String(byte[] bytes) {
        this(bytes, 0, bytes.length);

Example 2: Converting ASCII Byte Array to String

import java.nio.charset.StandardCharsets;

public class AsciiByteArrayToString {

    public static void main(String... args) {
        byte[] data = new byte[]{80,81,83,84,85,86};
        System.out.println(new String(data,StandardCharsets.UTF_8));

Output: PQSTUV

Example 3: Converting Char Byte Array to String

import java.nio.charset.StandardCharsets;

public class CharByteArrayToString {

    public static void main(String... args) {
        byte[] data = {'P','Q','R','S','T'};
        System.out.println(new String(data,StandardCharsets.UTF_8));

Output: PQSTUV

Java Byte Array To String Conversion

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