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Generate Prime Numbers with for loop

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to generate prime numbers with a simple for loop. A prime number is a number that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. In short, to generate a prime number using a for loop you should:

  • Create a for statement with an int i variable from 1 to a max int number, and step equal to 1.
  • For each one of the numbers in the loop create a boolean isPrimeNumber equal to true and create another loop where the number is divided to other numbers from 2 up to the number, and if the result is zero, then the boolean isPrimeNumber is set to false.

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

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.basics;

public class GeneratePrimeNumbersWithForLoop {
	public static void main(String[] args) {

		int max = 100;

		System.out.println("Generate Prime numbers between 1 and " + max);

		// loop through the numbers one by one
		for (int i = 1; i<max; i++) {

			boolean isPrimeNumber = true;

			// check to see if the number is prime
			for (int j = 2; j < i; j++) {
				if (i % j == 0) {
					isPrimeNumber = false;
					break; // exit the inner for loop
			// print the number if prime
			if (isPrimeNumber) {
				System.out.print(i + " ");




Prime numbers between 1 and 100
1 2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 29 31 37 41 43 47 53 59 61 67 71 73 79 83 89 97 

This was an example of how to generate prime numbers with a simple for loop in Java.

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Ilias is a software developer turned online entrepreneur. He is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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