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Java: possible to line break in a properties file?

Is it possible to continue a long string on the next line in a Java properties file?

e.g., somehow

myStr=Hello
      World

and when I get getProperty("myStr") it will return with “Hello World”?

Answer

A backslash at the end of a line lets you break across multiple lines, and whitespace that starts a line is ignored:

myStr = Hello 
        World

Note: the backslash needs to be at the very end of the line; it must be the last character, no spaces after it, etc.

The Java docs put it this way:

A logical line holds all the data of a key-element pair, which may be spread out across several adjacent natural lines by escaping the line terminator sequence with a backslash character .

If a logical line is spread across several natural lines, the backslash escaping the line terminator sequence, the line terminator sequence, and any white space at the start of the following line have no affect on the key or element values.