Fibonacci series in Java using recursion and non recursion

We’ll discuss Fibonacci series using recursion and non-recursion approach with logic, code example in java and code explanation.

If you’re not familiar about the Fibonacci series, here’s the brief or you can skip:

The Fibonacci series is a sequence of numbers in which each number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones.

It is defined as follows:

F(0) = 0 F(1) = 1 F(n) = F(n-1) + F(n-2) for n > 1

So, the first few terms of the Fibonacci series are:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, …

Fibonacci series in java using recursion

The Fibonacci series can also be implemented using recursion in Java. In this approach, the function calls itself with smaller values of n until it reaches the base case (i.e., n=0 or n=1), and then returns the value of n.

Here’s an example code that implements the Fibonacci series using recursion in Java:

public class FibonacciSeriesRecursive {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        int n = 10;
        System.out.print("Fibonacci Series of "+n+" terms:");

        for (int i = 0; i < n; i++) {
            System.out.print(fibonacci(i) + " ");

    public static int fibonacci(int n) {
        if (n <= 1) {
            return n;
        return fibonacci(n-1) + fibonacci(n-2);

In this code, we define a recursive function fibonacci() that takes an integer n as input and returns the nth term of the Fibonacci series.

The base case is when n is either 0 or 1, and in that case, the function simply returns n. Otherwise, the function recursively calls itself with the arguments n-1 and n-2, and returns the sum of the two resulting values.

In the main() method, we first define the number of terms to generate as n. We then use a loop to call the fibonacci() function with values of i from 0 to n-1, and print the resulting values.

When we run this code, it will generate the first 10 terms of the Fibonacci series:

Fibonacci Series of 10 terms:0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34

Note that the recursive approach is less efficient than the iterative approach we showed earlier, as it involves repeated function calls and redundant calculations.

Fibonacci series in java using non-recursion

For the Fibonacci series printing using non recursion method, in other words, Fibonacci series using iterative approach, you can read this post.

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