Inheritance In Java | Java Tutorial

Inheritance is a process where one class inherits the properties of another class.

Inheritance In Java

Let’s say we have two classes namely Parent Class and Child Class. The child class is also known as Derived Class. As per the above definition, the Child class inherits the properties of the Parent Class. The main purpose of Inheritance is to obtain Code Reusability. We can achieve run time polymorphism with inheritance. We will see what is run-time polymorphism in a few minutes.

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Assume we have a Class named Laptop, Apple MacBook Pro, Lenovo Yoga. Apple MacBook Pro and Lenovo Yoga classes extend the Laptop Class to inherit the properties of the Laptop Class.

We will see a detailed explanation with some example programs about Inheritance in the post related to Inheritance.

In inheritance, we use two keywords namely extends and implements


We use the extends keyword in Java to allow the child class to inherit all the properties (data members and methods) of the parent class and in addition to these, we can also create new data members and methods. If the properties are private then the child class cannot inherit those properties from the parent class.

Technically, we say that child class has an IS-A relationship with the parent class

As per the IS-A relationship, we can say QA IS-A Employee

Employee Class:

QA Class:

In the above example, the QA object can access the properties of its own as well as the Employee class.


We use implements keyword in Java to inherit the properties from an interface. Interfaces cannot be extended by the classes.

We will see this in the Interface section.

Types of Inheritance:

1. Single Inheritance
2. Multilevel Inheritance
3. Hierarchical Inheritance

There are two more inheritances as Multiple and Hybrid Inheritance which are supported through interface only. We will see those in the Interface section.

Single Inheritance:

Single Inheritance in Java refers to a child and parent class relationship. In this one class extends another class say Class B extends Class A

Single Inheritance


Multilevel Inheritance:

Multilevel Inheritance in Java refers to a child and parent class relationship. In this a class extends a child class say Class C extends Class B and Class B extends Class A

Multilevel Inheritance


Hierarchical Inheritance:

Hierarchical Inheritance in Java refers to a child and parent class relationship. In this more than one class extends the same class say Class B, Class C extends Class A

Hierarchical Inheritance


Multiple Inheritance:

Multiple Inheritance is not possible in Java. In this a child extends two parents classes say Class C extends Class A and Class B.

Multiple Inheritance

Hybrid Inheritance:

Combination of more than one type of inheritance.

Hybrid Inheritance

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