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Last modified: April 27, 2019

In this quick tutorial, we’ll show various ways of **calculating the sum of integers,** **using the Stream API**.

For the sake of simplicity, we’ll use integers in our examples. However, we can apply the same methods to longs and doubles as well.

*Stream.reduce()* is an intermediate operation that**performs a reduction on the elements of the stream**.

It applies a binary operator (accumulator) to each element in the stream, where the first operand is the return value of the previous application, and the second one is the current stream element.

In the first method of using the *reduce()* method, the accumulator function is a lambda expression that adds two *Integer* values and returns an *Integer* value:

List<Integer> integers = Arrays.asList(1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Integer sum = integers.stream() .reduce(0, (a, b) -> a + b);

In the same way, we can use an already **existing Java method**:

List<Integer> integers = Arrays.asList(1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Integer sum = integers.stream() .reduce(0, Integer::sum);

Or we can define and use our custom method:

public class ArithmeticUtils { public static int add(int a, int b) { return a + b; } }

Then, we can pass this function as a parameter to the *reduce()* method:

List<Integer> integers = Arrays.asList(1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Integer sum = integers.stream() .reduce(0, ArithmeticUtils::add);

The second method for calculating the sum of a list of integers is by using the *collect()* terminal operation:

List<Integer> integers = Arrays.asList(1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Integer sum = integers.stream() .collect(Collectors.summingInt(Integer::intValue));

Similarly, the *Collectors* class provides *summingLong()* and *summingDouble()* methods to calculate the sums of longs and doubles respectively.

The Stream API provides us with the ** mapToInt()** intermediate operation, which converts our stream to an

This method takes a mapper as a parameter, which it uses to do the conversion, then, we can call the *sum()* method to calculate the sum of the stream’s elements.

Let’s see a quick example of how we can use it:

List<Integer> integers = Arrays.asList(1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Integer sum = integers.stream() .mapToInt(Integer::intValue) .sum();

In the same fashion, we can use the *mapToLong()* and *mapToDouble()* methods to calculate the sums of longs and doubles respectively.

To calculate the sum of values of a *Map<Object, Integer>* data structure, firstly we create a **stream from the values** of that *Map*, then we apply one of the methods we used previously.

For instance, by using *IntStream.sum()*:

Integer sum = map.values() .stream() .mapToInt(Integer::valueOf) .sum();

Let’s imagine that we have a list of objects and that we want to calculate **the sum of all the values of a given field** of these objects.

For example:

public class Item { private int id; private Integer price; public Item(int id, Integer price) { this.id = id; this.price = price; } // Standard getters and setters }

Next, let’s imagine that we want to calculate the total price of all the items of the following list:

Item item1 = new Item(1, 10); Item item2 = new Item(2, 15); Item item3 = new Item(3, 25); Item item4 = new Item(4, 40); List<Item> items = Arrays.asList(item1, item2, item3, item4);

In this case, in order to calculate the sum using the methods shown in previous examples, we need to call the *map()* method **to convert our stream into a stream of integers**.

As a result, we can use *Stream.reduce(), **Stream.collect(), and **IntStream.sum()* to calculate the sum:

Integer sum = items.stream() .map(x -> x.getPrice()) .reduce(0, ArithmeticUtils::add);

Integer sum = items.stream() .map(x -> x.getPrice()) .reduce(0, Integer::sum);

Integer sum = items.stream() .map(item -> item.getPrice()) .reduce(0, (a, b) -> a + b);

Integer sum = items.stream() .map(x -> x.getPrice()) .collect(Collectors.summingInt(Integer::intValue));

items.stream() .mapToInt(x -> x.getPrice()) .sum();

Let’s suppose that we have a *String* object containing some integers.

To calculate the sum of these integers, first of all, we need **to convert that String into an Array**, then we need

Let’s see all these steps in action:

String string = "Item1 10 Item2 25 Item3 30 Item4 45"; Integer sum = Arrays.stream(string.split(" ")) .filter((s) -> s.matches("\\d+")) .mapToInt(Integer::valueOf) .sum();

In this tutorial, we saw several methods of how to calculate the sum of a list of integers by using the Stream API. Also, we used these methods to calculate the sum of values of a given field of a list of objects, the sum of the values of a map, as well as the numbers within a given *String* object.

As always, the complete code is available over on GitHub.

Thanks for practical examples. You really don’t need to call super() method in Item constructor, though.

Good point, it’s the constructor generated by the IDE 🙂

I’ve removed the call to super().

Cheers.