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Redundant 'else'

Reports redundant else keywords in ifelse statements and statement chains.

The else keyword is redundant when all previous branches end with a return, throw, break, or continue statement. In this case, the statements from the else branch can be placed after the if statement, and the else keyword can be removed.


if (name == null) { throw new IllegalArgumentException(); } else { System.out.println(name); }

After the quick-fix is applied:

if (name == null) { throw new IllegalArgumentException(); } System.out.println(name);

Locating this inspection


Can be used to locate inspection in e.g. Qodana configuration files, where you can quickly enable or disable it, or adjust its settings.

Via Settings dialog

Path to the inspection settings via IntelliJ Platform IDE Settings dialog, when you need to adjust inspection settings directly from your IDE.

Settings or Preferences | Editor | Inspections | Java | Control flow issues

Disable the Report when there are no more statements after the 'if' statement option to ignore cases where the ifelse statement is the last statement in a code block.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Redundant 'else' inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Report when there are no more statements after the 'if' statement

Default: Selected


By default bundled with

IntelliJ IDEA 2024.1, Qodana for JVM 2024.1,

Can be installed with plugin

Java, 241.18072

Last modified: 18 June 2024