LinkedList.get() vs ArrayList.get()

The most significant difference between Array and LinkedList is that array stores its element at the contiguous location while linked list stores its data anywhere in memory.

  • LinkedList.get(index) returns you the object in the list
  • ArrayList.get(index) also returns the object in the list
  • Both of them has index

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QuestionIf both has index, then why do we say that getting elements from arraylist is FASTer and getting elements from Linkedlist is slower ..?

So the difference is

  • what does ‘index’ refers to
  • what is the internal implementation of get() in both of these


  • In ArrayList, index refers to the actual object in memory.
    There is an underlying array. The index holds the index of the array which contains the values.
  • In LinkedList the index refers to the position of the object, and it doesn’t point to actual object.
    LinkedList has no array .