Java Program to Print Lower Triangle Matrix Excluding Principal Diagonal Matrix

This Java program prints values of lower triangle matrix. The program considers only lower triangle excluding principal diagonal elements of the matrix.


package triangle;
import java.util.*;
public class PrintLowerTriangularMatrix {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
        InputStreamReader isr = new InputStreamReader(;
        BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(isr);
        System.out.println("Enter the number of rows:");
        int row = Integer.parseInt(br.readLine());
        System.out.println("Enter the number of columns:");
        int col = Integer.parseInt(br.readLine());
        int mat[][] = new int[row][col];
        System.out.println("Enter " + (row * col) + " values into matrix");
        for (int i = 0; i < row; i++) {
            for (int j = 0; j < col; j++) {
                mat[i][j] = Integer.parseInt(br.readLine());
        System.out.println("Values in lower triangular matrix is:");
        for (int i = 0; i < row; i++) {
            for (int j = 0; j < col; j++) {
                if (i > j)
                    System.out.print(mat[i][j] + "\t");
                    System.out.print("*" + "\t");

Let us understand the program by breaking into simple parts: An InputStreamReader is a bridge from byte streams to character streams: It reads bytes and decodes them into characters using a specified charset. It extends the abstract class Reader.

The above program prompts the user to enter the number of rows and columns for the matrix. It reads these values from the standard input (keyboard) using BufferedReader and readLine() method, and converts them into integers using Integer.parseInt(). 2D array mat[][] is created to store the matrix data, with dimensions determined by the user-input row and column values. Then the user is again prompted to input values for each cell of the matrix.

Nested for loops are used to take inputs from the user for each cell and save it in the form of array. After each cell value of the matrix is collected, the program uses the nested for loop and prints lower triangular part of the matrix excluding principal diagonal elements.

For each cell, it checks if the row index i is greater than the column index j. If so, it prints the value from the matrix; otherwise, it prints a "*" indicating it's not part of the lower triangular portion. The lower triangular part of the matrix consists of the elements where the row index is greater than or equal to the column index.


Enter the number of rows:
Enter the number of columns:
Enter 9 values into matrix
Values in lower triangular matrix is:
*	*	*	
10	*	*	
4	98	*