Read char from console with InputStream

This is an example of how to read a char from console using an InputStream. It is an abstract class that is the superclass of all classes representing an input stream of bytes. Applications that need to define a subclass of InputStream must always provide a method that returns the next byte of input. Reading a char implies that you should:

  • Use to get the standard InputStream.
  • Use read() API method of InputStream to read the next byte of data from the input stream. You can cast it to a char variable.

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

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;


public class ReadCharFromConsoleWithInputStream {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		try {
			InputStream is =;
			// Reads the next byte of data from the input stream
			char c = (char);
		catch (IOException ioe) {
			System.out.println("Exception while reading input " + ioe);

This was an example of how to read a char from console using an InputStream in Java.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

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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