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Number of current threads

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to get the number of current threads in a JVM. We are using the ThreadMXBean that is the management interface for the thread system of the Java virtual machine. In short, to get the number of current threads you should:

  • Get the managed bean for the thread system of the Java virtual machine, that is the ThreadMXBean, using the getThreadMXBean() API method of ManagementFactory.
  • Use getThreadCount() API method of ThreadMXBean. It returns the current number of live threads including both daemon and non-daemon threads.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;
import java.lang.management.ManagementFactory;
import java.lang.management.ThreadMXBean;
public class ThreadCounter {
    public static void main(String[] args) {  

  // Get JVM's thread system bean

  ThreadMXBean bean = ManagementFactory.getThreadMXBean();
  // Get the number of current live threads

  int counter = bean.getThreadCount();
  System.out.println("Threads = " + counter);


Threads = 5

This was an example of how to get the number of current threads in Java.

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