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Empty method

Reports empty methods that can be removed.

Methods are considered empty if they are empty themselves and if they are overridden or implemented by empty methods only. Note that methods containing only comments and the super() call with own parameters are also considered empty.

The inspection ignores methods with special annotations, for example, the javax.ejb.Init and javax.ejb.Remove EJB annotations .

The quick-fix safely removes unnecessary methods.

Configure the inspection:

  • Use the Comments and javadoc count as content option to select whether methods with comments should be treated as non-empty.

  • Use the Additional special annotations option to configure additional annotations that should be ignored by this inspection.

Inspection options




Comments and javadoc count as content



Additional special annotations



Inspection Details

Available in:

IntelliJ IDEA 2023.3, Qodana for JVM 2023.3


Java, 233.SNAPSHOT

Last modified: 13 July 2023