Differences between Object and Instance

There is a lot of discussions on this topic over the internet. Some of the people says both are same and some of other says both are different. Here I am planning to share my overall view on this topic. As per my knowledge both are looks same but different. Here are the some useful points:

  • Instance is Logical but object is Physical means occupies some memory.
  • We can create an instance for abstract class as well as for interface, but we cannot create an object for those.
  • Object is instance of class and instance means representative of class i.e object.
  • Instance refers to Reference of an object.
  • Object is actually pointing to memory address of that instance.
  • You can’t pass instance over the layers but you can pass the object over the layers
  • You can’t store an instance but you can store an object
  • A single object can have more than one instance.
  • Instance will have the both class definition and the object definition where as in object it will have only the object definition.

Syntax of Object:

classname var=new classname();

But for instance creation it returns only a pointer refering to an object, syntax is :

classname varname;


Other Useful Links:

Difference between Abstract Class and Interface

What are the differences between EAR, JAR and WAR file?

Differences between callable statements, prepare statements, createstatements


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19 comments on “Differences between Object and Instance
  1. gopi says:


    this post is really good u r ideas of explanation is good
    it helps me a lot to understand the difference between intance and object


  2. MM.Atavulla says:



    Good ur ex-poser abt differences….

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  4. Subhranshu says:

    Thanks dear
    Its really good explanations.Thanks again

  5. Subhranshu says:

    Subhranshu :
    Thanks dear
    Its really a good explanation
    .Thanks again

  6. Piyush sharma says:

    very good explanation

  7. dasariuma48 says:

    Very Clear……………
    Thank You…

  8. Rohit says:

    it was a good explanation.

  9. Rohit Dabas says:

    many times i went and found the difference between the object and instance but no result .
    @malik -no confusion now .Instance is the reference variable to hold the reference id of object.
    very good explanation

  10. varsha kotahri says:

    very nice explanation….
    very helpful

  11. arun says:

    its good but little bit confuse.if you give one example of this it is more understandable .
    A single object can have more than one instance.how?

    instance means allocating the memory space by the jvm and object means initializing the variables inside that instance. is it correct or not?

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This is Mallikarjun Gunda, I am working as a software professional. Blogging is my Passion. This blog contains the posts on Java related technologies and programming languages. I am happy to share my knowledge through the blogs.

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