How to compare paths of two files ?

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Problem & Solution

This example shows how to compare paths of two files in a same directory by the use of filename.compareTo (another filename) method of File class.

JAVA Program


public class Main {
   public static void main(String[] args) {
      File file1 = new File("C:/File/demo1.txt");
      File file2 = new File("C:/java/demo1.txt");
      if(file1.compareTo(file2) == 0) {
         System.out.println("Both paths are same!");
      } else {
         System.out.println("Paths are not same!");


The above code sample will produce the following result.

Paths are not same!