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What’s the difference between next() and nextLine() methods from Scanner class?

What is the main difference between next() and nextLine()?
My main goal is to read the all text using a Scanner which may be “connected” to any source (file for example).

Which one should I choose and why?


I always prefer to read input using nextLine() and then parse the string.

Using next() will only return what comes before the delimiter (defaults to whitespace). nextLine() automatically moves the scanner down after returning the current line.

A useful tool for parsing data from nextLine() would be str.split("\s+").

String data = scanner.nextLine();
String[] pieces = data.split("\s+");
// Parse the pieces

For more information regarding the Scanner class or String class refer to the following links.