Singleton Object example

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to create and use a Singleton class. The Singleton’s purpose is to control object creation, limiting the number to one but allowing the flexibility to create more objects if the situation changes. Since there is only one Singleton instance, any instance fields of a Singleton will occur only once per class, just like static fields. In short, to create and use a Singleton class we have followed the steps below:

  • We have created a class, MySingleton that has a static MySingleton field. It has a private constructor, to prevent other classes from instantiating.
  • It has a static method, MySingleton createMySingleton(), that checks the MySingleton field, and if it is null it creates a new one and finally returns it.
  • We create two new instances calling createMySingleton() method of MySingleton and check if they are equal, returning true if they are.
  • Both objects created are fields of the same object, so they are equal.

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

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

class MySingleton {
  // the static singleton object
  private static MySingleton theObject;

  private MySingleton() {

  public static MySingleton createMySingleton() {

    if (theObject == null)

theObject = new MySingleton();

    return theObject;

public class Singleton {
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    MySingleton ms1 = MySingleton.createMySingleton();

    MySingleton ms2 = MySingleton.createMySingleton();

    System.out.println(ms1 == ms2);



This was an example of how to create and use a Singleton class in Java.

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Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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