Java Remove Duplicates from an Array


I am supposed to read in a file containing many different email addresses and print them out using an array. The problem is I need to eliminate duplicate emails.

I was able to get my try / catch working and print out the email addresses. However, I am not sure how to go about removing the duplicates. I do not have an understanding of hashcode's or how to use a Set yet. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Here is what I have so far:

import java.util.Scanner;

public class Duplicate {
   public static void main(String[] args) {

      Scanner keyboard = new Scanner(;
      System.out.println("Enter file name: ");
      String fileName = keyboard.nextLine();
      if (fileName.equals("")) {
         System.out.println("Error: User did not specify a file name.");
      } else {
         Scanner inputStream = null;

         try {
            inputStream = new Scanner(new File(fileName));
         } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
            System.out.println("Error: " + fileName + " does not exist.");

         String[] address = new String[100];

         int i = 0;
         while (inputStream.hasNextLine()) {
            String email = inputStream.nextLine();
            // System.out.println(email);

            address[i] = email;

Best Solution

The Simple solution is that use Set of java,

so set remove duplicate value automatically

and in your code you have array than convert array to set directly using code

Set<T> mySet = new HashSet<T>(Arrays.asList(someArray));