User Defined exception in Java | Java custom exception with examples

In Java programming, it is possible to create our own exception and such exception are called user defined exception in Java.

Exception class is a predefined class. Any user defined exception created by us must be a subclass of the predefine Exception class and created by extending the Exception class.

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What is user defined (custom) exception in java

An Exception that is defined by the user/ programmer is known as user defined or custom exception.


  1. Checking user age if not valid age throw an exception
  2. If not in a specified time period then throw an exception
  3. If the user name and password is incorrect then throw an exception

All above exceptions are created by the user and throw when required.

How to throw user defined exception in java

 The throw and throws keyword are used for implementing user defined exception. 

throw: throw keyword is used to throw an exception explicitly from a method or from a block.   

for instance

 Here new NumberIsGreaterException();

is creating new exception and throwing it.

throws: throws keyword is used with method signature that informs that the method can throw mentioned exception.   

Here Scanner is class and above mentioned Scanner represents the constructor call, On the constructor call of above we have to handle File not found Exception.

how to create user defined exception in java

  1. Create a class
  2. Extend the Exception class
  3. Create a String argument constructor to pass custom message.

Examples of User Defined Exception in Java

Example1:   write a program to take a number from user by using command line argument during run time. if user will enter  more than 100 then grnerate user defined exception MyException.

Explaination: In the above program, name of user define exception is NumberIsGreaterException. 

In the above program user enter  the number 111 during run time using command line argument.

Here value of “m” is greter than 100 therefore  “throw  newNumberIsGreaterException ();” this throw statement throw the exception and catch by catch block, but before thorw “NumberIsGreaterException ()” constructer will call.

User defined exception in java program to check age is valid or not


user defined exception in java example to check a time is in range or not, if time is not in range then throw custom exception


Example: Write a program to create user defined exception in Java to check a given name exists or not. If name doesn’t exists then throw a custom exception.


How to write custom exception in java?


How to create custom exception in java?


How to create your own exception in java?

  1. Create a class
  2. Extend Exception class
  3. Create a constructor to show/pass custom message