Does Java Collect Instance Garbage?

Does Java manages instance garbage for you when your system’s running out of memory?
  • Yes
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Does Java Collect Instance Garbage?

Each time an object is created in Java, it goes into an area of a memory known as The Heap.

All objects—no matter when, where, or how they’re created – live on the heap. But it’s not just any old memory heap; the Java heap is actually called the Garbage-Collectible Heap. When you create an object, Java allocates memory space on the heap according to how much that particular object needs. An object with, say, 15 instance variables, will probably need more space than an object with only two instance variables. But what happens when you need to reclaim that space? How do you get an object out of the heap when you’re done with it?

The answer is very simple. Java manages that memory for you!

When the JVM can ‘see’ that an object can never be used again, that object becomes eligible for garbage collection. And if you’re running low on memory, the Garbage Collector will run, throw out the unreachable objects, and free up the space, so that the space can be reused.