A C/C++ programmer, used to using sizeof, might be suprised how hard it is to figure out the memory footprint of Java object. Of course relying on memory sizes is very bad for portability, but sometimes when tuning applications you do need this information.

This article walks through some measurments that reveal:

Object Size (bytes) Overhead (bytes)

Overhead (percent)

Object 8

Integer 16 12 300%

Long 16 8 100 %

int[n] 16 + 4*n


char[n] 16 + 2*n 16

String, length n 40 + 2*n 40