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Simplifiable 'Map' operations

Reports common usage patterns of java.util.Map and suggests replacing them with: getOrDefault(), computeIfAbsent(), putIfAbsent(), merge(), or replaceAll().


map.containsKey(key) ? map.get(key) : "default";

After the quick-fix is applied:

map.getOrDefault(key, "default");


List<String> list = map.get(key); if (list == null) { list = new ArrayList<>(); map.put(key, list); }

After the quick-fix is applied:

map.computeIfAbsent(key, localKey -> new ArrayList<>());


Integer val = map.get(key); if (val == null) map.put(key, 1); else map.put(key, val + 1);

After the quick-fix is applied:

map.merge(key, 1, (localKey, localValue) -> localValue + 1);


for (Map.Entry<String, String> entry : map.entrySet()) { map.put(entry.getKey(), transform(entry.getValue())); }

After the quick-fix is applied:

map.replaceAll((localKey, localValue) -> transform(localValue));

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

Note that the replacement with computeIfAbsent() or merge() might work incorrectly for some Map implementations if the code extracted to the lambda expression modifies the same Map. By default, the warning doesn't appear if this code might have side effects. If necessary, enable the Suggest replacement even if lambda may have side effects option to always show the warning.

Also, due to different handling of the null value in old methods like put() and newer methods like computeIfAbsent() or merge(), semantics might change if storing the null value into given Map is important. The inspection won't suggest the replacement when the value is statically known to be nullable, but for values with unknown nullability the replacement is still suggested. In these cases, we recommended suppressing the warning and adding an explanatory comment.

This inspection depends on the Java feature 'Lambda methods in collections' which is available since Java 8.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Simplifiable 'Map' operations inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Suggest conversion to Map.computeIfAbsent

Default: Selected

Suggest conversion to Map.getOrDefault

Default: Selected

Suggest conversion to Map.putIfAbsent

Default: Selected

Suggest conversion to Map.merge

Default: Selected

Suggest conversion to Map.replaceAll

Default: Selected

Treat 'get(k) != null' the same as 'containsKey(k)' (may change semantics)

Not selected

Suggest replacement even if lambda may have side effects

Not 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