Java nested inner class access outer class variables

Is it possible for the nested inner classes ABar and BBar to access main class’s variables? For example:

public class Foo {
    public ABar abar = new ABar();
    public BBar bbar = new BBar();
    public int someCounter = 0;

    public class ABar {
        public int i = 0;
        public void someMethod(){

    public class BBar {
        public void anotherMethod(){
// then called using: //
Foo myFoo = new Foo();


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  • 2 Solutions collect form web for “Java nested inner class access outer class variables”

    In your code, yes, it is possible.

    Non-static nested classes (inner classes) have access to other members
    of the enclosing class, even if they are declared private. Static
    nested classes do not have access to other members of the enclosing

    See: Nested Classes

    If your inner class extends the outer class, then it will have access to the outer class public and protected members. I just tired it and it worked. The construct is a bit odd, because it implies a sort of infinite loop in the class definition, but it seems to do the job.

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