Re: How to loop through a list while inside the loop, the list size may be decreased?

Daniel Pitts <>
Fri, 12 Sep 2008 22:41:00 -0700
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I have a List containing Person objects. I am going through the list
using a for loop. Inside the loop, I check each Person obj, if he/she
disqualifies, I want to delete the object from the list.

I found that the for loop always run into out of index exception,
because the list size is gradually decreased, but the for loop
"remembers" the original size.

for(int i=0; i < list.size(); i++)
    if(..) //check
        list.get(i).remove(i); //this decreases the number of objects
in list, correct?


Thank you very much.

Try using iterators instead:

for (Iterator<Foo> it = list.iterator(); foo.hasNext();) {
    Foo foo =;
    if (shouldRemove(foo)) {

This has the added benefit that you won't accidentally skip the element
after the one you just removed (which is the real bug in your above code).

Hope this helps,

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