by Dinesh Thakur

Main difference is methods of a Java interface are implicitly abstract and cannot have implementations. A Java abstract class can have instance methods that implements a default behavior.


    Variables declared in a Java interface is by default final. An  abstract class may contain non-final variables.


    Members of a Java interface are public by default. A Java abstract class can have the usual flavors of class members like private, protected, etc..


    Java interface should be implemented using keyword “implements”; A Java abstract class should be extended using keyword “extends”.


    An interface can extend another Java interface only, an abstract class can extend another Java class and implement multiple Java interfaces.


    A Java class can implement multiple interfaces but it can extend only one abstract class.


    Interface is absolutely abstract and cannot be instantiated; A Java abstract class also cannot be instantiated, but can be invoked if a main() exists.


    In comparison with java abstract classes, java interfaces are slow as it requires extra indirection.