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Non-constant 'String' can be replaced with 'StringBuilder'

Reports variables declared as java.lang.String that are repeatedly appended to. Such variables could be declared more efficiently as java.lang.StringBuffer or java.lang.StringBuilder.


String s = ""; for (int i = 0; i < names.length; i++) { String name = names[i] + (i == names.length - 1 ? "" : " "); s = s + name; }

Such a loop can be replaced with:

StringBuilder s = new StringBuilder(); for (int i = 0; i < names.length; i++) { String name = names[i] + (i == names.length - 1 ? "" : " "); s.append(name); }

Or even with:

String s = String.join(" ", names);

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 | Performance

Use the option to make this inspection only report when the variable is appended to in a loop.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Non-constant 'String' can be replaced with 'StringBuilder' inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Only warn when appending in a loop

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