Java Hello World: How to Write Your First Java Program with Example

You need the following 2 software to create your first Java Program

  1. The Java SE Development Kit

Please refer our last tutorial to download and install JDK

  1. A Text Editor

In this Java Hello World example, we’ll use Notepad. It is a simple editor included with the Windows Operating System. You can use a different text editor like NotePad++ or use online java compiler.

Hello World Java – Your First Java Program Video

This video will help you learn how to start a Java program:

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Steps to Compile and Run first Java program

Here is a step by step process on how to run Java program:

Step 1) Open Notepad from Start menu by selecting Programs > Accessories > Notepad.

Step 2) Create a Source Code for your Hello World program in Java

  • Declare a class with name A.
  • Declare the main method public static void main(String args[]){
  • Now Type the System.out.println(“Hello World”); which will print Hello World in Java.

 class A {
 public static void main(String args[]){
     System.out.println("Hello World");

Step 3) Save the file for Java Hello World program as make sure to select file type as all files while saving the file in our working folder C:\workspace

Step 4) Open the command prompt. Go to Directory C:\workspace. Compile the code of your Hello world Java program using command,


Step 5) If you look in your working folder, you can see that a file named A.class has been created.

Step 6) To execute the code, enter the command java followed by the class name, as expected output Hello World is displayed now.

java A

Note: Java is case sensitive Programming language. All code, commands, and file names should is used in consistent casing. FirstProgram is not same as firstprogram.

Step 7) If you copy and paste the same code in IDE like Eclipse the compiling and execution is done with the click of a button Using IDE is convenient and improves your efficiency but since you are learning Java, we recommend you stick to notepad for simple Java program execution.