kotlin enumeration

Kotlin enum are similar to enumerations in other languages, such as Java Enum are declared with enum class

Enum can have constructor parameters, properties, and functions

Enum can be used in if and when expressions and for loops

Basic enumerations

Simple enumerations are a useful tool for creating small groups of constants, things like the days of the week, months in a year, suits in a deck of cards, etc., situations where you have a group of related, constant values. For example the seasons of the year:

enum class Season { Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer


Here’s an enum for the colors of a car:

enum class Color {

Red, Green, Blue, White, Black


The full power of enumerations

More than just simple constants, enumerations can have constructor parameters, properties, and functions, just like a regular class. Here’s an example, adapted from this Oracle Java example:

enum class Planet(val mass: Double, val radius: Double) {

// just the first three planets MERCURY (3.303e+23, 2.4397e6), VENUS      (4.869e+24, 6.0518e6),

EARTH   (5.976e+24, 6.37814e6); //semi-colon is required

// universal gravitational constant (m3 kg-1 s-2) val G = 6.67300E-11

fun surfaceGravity(): Double {

return G * mass / (radius * radius);


fun surfaceWeight(otherMass: Double): Double { return otherMass * surfaceGravity();



fun main(args: Array<String>) { val earthWeight = 200.0

val mass = earthWeight / Planet.EARTH.surfaceGravity() for (p in Planet.values()) {

val s = String.format(“Your weight on %s is %.2f”, p, p.surfaceWeight(mass)) println(s)



Here’s the output from that code:

Your weight on MERCURY is 75.55 Your weight on VENUS is 181.00 Your weight on EARTH is 200.00

Enumerations with if , when , and for

Enumerations can be used with if and when expressions and for loops, as shown in the following examples.

  if expressions:

enum class DayOfWeek { SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY,



fun main(args: Array<String>) { val today = DayOfWeek.MONDAY

if (today == DayOfWeek.MONDAY) { println(“MONDAY”)


else if (today == DayOfWeek.TUESDAY) { println(“TUESDAY”)



  when expressions:

enum class Margin {



fun getMarginValue(margin: Margin) = when(margin) { Margin.TOP  -> “1em”

Margin.RIGHT -> “12px” Margin.BOTTOM -> “1.5em” Margin.LEFT    -> “6px”


fun main(args: Array<String>) { println(getMarginValue(Margin.TOP))


  for loops:

for (m in Margin.values()) println(m)

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