String myString = "1234";
int foo = Integer.parseInt(myString);

If you look at the Java Documentation you'll notice the "catch" is that this function can throw a NumberFormatException, which of course you have to handle:

int foo;
try {
   foo = Integer.parseInt(myString);
catch (NumberFormatException e)
   foo = 0;

(This treatment defaults a malformed number to 0, but you can do something else if you like.)

Alternatively, you can use an Ints method from the Guava library, which in combination with Java 8's Optional, makes for a powerful and concise way to convert a string into an int:


int foo = Optional.ofNullable(myString)