String Comparison Operators

The String comparison operators ==, !=,>, < ,>=, <= , and the equals() and equalsIgnoreCase() methods allow you to make alphabetic comparisons between Strings. They're useful for sorting and alphabetizing, among other things.

The operator == and the method equals() perform identically. In other words,

if (stringOne.equals(stringTwo)) {

is identical to

if (stringOne ==stringTwo) {

The ">" (greater than) and "<" (less than) operators evaluate strings in alphabetical order, on the first character where the two differ. So, for example "a" < "b" and "1" < "2", but "999" > "1000" because 9 comes after 1.

Caution: String comparison operators can be confusing when you're comparing numeric strings, because the numbers are treated as strings and not as numbers. If you need to compare numbers, compare them as ints, floats, or longs, and not as Strings.

Hardware Required

  • Arduino or Genuino Board


There is no circuit for this example, though your board must be connected to your computer via USB and the serial monitor window of the Arduino Software (IDE) should be open.

Arduino bb

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Last revision 2015/08/11 by SM