How to check if the given number is palindrome in Java

Carvia Tech | May 18, 2019 | 2 min read | 51 views | Java Coding Challenges


A palindrome is a word, number, phrase, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward, such as madam or racecar or the number 10801.

Palindrome checker in Java

In simple words, A Palindrome Number is a number that even when reversed is same as original number.

So our approach will be quite simple:

  1. Reverse the input number

  2. Check if the input and its reversed counterpart are same or not.

Let’s write the implementation in java.

Palindrome Checker
public class Palindrome {

  boolean isPalindrome(int input) {
      int reversed = reverse(input);
      return input == reversed;

  private int reverse(int input) {
      int lastDigit, sum = 0, temp;
      temp = input;
      while (temp > 0) {
          lastDigit = temp % 10; (1)
          sum = (sum * 10) + lastDigit;
          temp = temp / 10;
      return sum; (2)
1 We are using remainder operator to get the last digit of number
2 sum is the reversed number

JUnit testcase

We can write simple JUNIT testcase to assert that basic functionality of palindrome checker program.

JUnit Testcase
public void test1() {
    Palindrome palindromeChecker = new Palindrome();
    assertThat(palindromeChecker.isPalindrome(202), equalTo(true));
    assertThat(palindromeChecker.isPalindrome(10801), equalTo(true));
    assertThat(palindromeChecker.isPalindrome(48084), equalTo(true));
    assertThat(palindromeChecker.isPalindrome(1), equalTo(true));
    assertThat(palindromeChecker.isPalindrome(12), equalTo(false));

That’s all!

Here we are only considering integers for Palindrome, but the same logic can be applied to any other input type (word, phrase, etc)
Did you know?
The longest palindromic word in the Oxford English Dictionary is the onomatopoeic tattarrattat, coined by James Joyce in Ulysses (1922) for a knock on the door

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