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Unnecessarily qualified inner class access

Reports any references to inner classes that are unnecessarily qualified with the name of the enclosing class.

Such a qualification can be safely removed, which sometimes adds an import for the inner class.


class X { X.Y foo; class Y{} }

After the quick-fix is applied:

class X { Y foo; class Y{} }

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 | Code style issues

Use the Ignore references for which an import is needed option to ignore references to inner classes, where removing the qualification adds an import.

Inspection options

Here you can find the description of settings available for the Unnecessarily qualified inner class access inspection, and the reference of their default values.

Ignore references for which an import is needed

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