How to use Collectors.maxBy() in Java 8

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Welcome to Java 8 series. In this tutorial, you will learn about how to use Collectors.maxBy() in Java 8.

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Collectors.maxBy() is used in Java 8 streams and it is a very simple operation to identify the max value of the stream of elements. It uses the comparator interface to identify the maximum value.

Collectors.maxBy() syntax

public static <T> Collector<T,?,Optional<T>> maxBy(Comparator<? super T> comparator)

Based on the documentation, returns a Collector that produces the maximal element according to a given Comparator, described as an Optional<T>.

Collectors.maxBy() example

List<Integer> fruits = Arrays.asList(1,2,3,15,6,17,8);

//Option 1
Optional<Integer> max =;

//Option 2
Optional<Integer> max =;

//Option 3
Optional<Integer> max =, j) -> i.compareTo(j)));




References : Collectors.maxBy()

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