What is the use of printStackTrace() method in Java?

It’s a method on Exception instances that prints the stack trace of the instance to System.err.

It’s a very simple, but very useful tool for diagnosing an exceptions. It tells you what happened and where in the code this happened.

Here’s an example of how it might be used in practice:

try {
    // ...
} catch (SomeException e) { 

Note that in “serious production code” you usually don’t want to do this, for various reasons (such as System.out being less useful and not thread safe). In those cases you usually use some log framework that provides the same (or very similar) output using a command like log.error("Error during frobnication", e);.

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