Is there a Null OutputStream in Java?


Java Problem Overview

I need to specify an OutputStream for an API I'm using, but I don't actually have a need for the output. Does Java have an OutputStream equivalent to > /dev/null?

Java Solutions

Solution 1 - Java

/**Writes to nowhere*/
public class NullOutputStream extends OutputStream {
  public void write(int b) throws IOException {

Solution 2 - Java

Java doesn't it would seem but Apache Commons IO does. Take a look at the following:

Hope that helps.

Solution 3 - Java

It's not mentioned yet, so I'll also add Guava's ByteStreams.nullOutputStream(), as some might prefer Guava over Apache Commons IO or already have it in their project.

Note: If you use an older version of Guava (from 1.0 to 13.0), you want to use

Solution 4 - Java

Since Java 11, there is a static utility that does exactly what you need, a static factory method OutputStream.nullOutputStream():

> Returns a new OutputStream which discards all bytes. The returned stream is initially open. The stream is closed by calling the close() method. Subsequent calls to close() have no effect.

Solution 5 - Java

Rehashing the answers already provided -

Java does not have a NullOutputStream class. You could however roll your own OutputStream that ignores any data written to it - in other words write(int b), write(byte[] b) and write(byte[] b, int off, int len) will have empty method bodies. This is what the Common IO NullOutputStream class does.

Solution 6 - Java

Solution 7 - Java

No, but it is pretty easy to implement.

See this question "How to remove System.out.println from codebase"

And then you just have to:

System.setOut( DevNull.out );

Or something like that :)


Solution 8 - Java

There is new boy in the town, that takes care of this like a charm, just few lines of code should work. Its JDK 11 and nullWriter() has been introduced there, that takes care of this. Here goes the code to deal with same old problem, new way without worrying about Operating System(OS).

String fileContent = "Welcome to StackOverflow readers !! Here goes the question link...";
Writer writer = Writer.nullWriter();

Hope this may help someone!

Solution 9 - Java

I believe that this is what you're looking for, I was looking for the same thing: This is for redirecting output streams from standard error, standard out in ProcessBuilder objects.

> Blockquote

pb.redirectError( ProcessBuilder.Redirect.appendTo( new File( "NUL:" ) ) );
  • Dom


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