Java Static Member Class.

  • Is a member class defined within the body of another class and declared static.
  • A static member class is not an inner class, but is considered as a top-level class.
  • It can be declared as public, private, protected, or package-level to restrict its accessibility outside its containing class.
  • You do not need an instance of its enclosing class to create its object as it is static.
  • Static member inner class can access the static members of the class they are contained in.
  • The instantiation of its object can bee done outside and/or inside the containing class.
    Static member inner class example:
    public class StaticCar {
      static String _where="I am a Car from Germany!";
      Country _country;            // object of inner class country
        _country=new Country();    // instantiate the inner class
      static class Country {       // static member inner class
         String showCountry() {
          return _where;
      public static void main(String[] args) {
        StaticCar myCar= new StaticCar() ;  // instantiated object of class StaticCar
        System.out.print("Access through an Country reference");
        System.out.println(" created in an object of a StaticCar:");
        // instantiated object of class StaticCar.Country
        StaticCar.Country country= new StaticCar.Country();
         System.out.println("Access through an Country reference that is local:");
    The result of this is:
    Access through an Country reference created in an object of a StaticCar:
    I am from Germany!
    Access through an Country reference that is local:
    I am from Germany!
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