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Lambda can be replaced with method reference

Reports lambdas that can be replaced with method references. While often it could be a matter of taste, method references are more clear and readable compared to lambdas.


Runnable r = () -> System.out.println();

After the quick-fix is applied:

Runnable r = System.out::println;

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 | Java language level migration aids | Java 8

The inspection may suggest method references even if a lambda doesn't call any method, like replacing obj -> obj != null with Objects::nonNull. Use the Settings | Editor | Code Style | Java | Code Generation settings to configure special method references.

This inspection depends on the Java feature 'Lambda expressions' which is available since Java 8.


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