javap - The Java Class File Disassembler

Disassembles class files.


javap [ options ] classes


The javap command disassembles one or more class files. Its output depends on the options used. If no options are used, javap prints out the package, protected, and public fields and methods of the classes passed to it. javap prints its output to stdout.

Command-line options.
List of one or more classes (separated by spaces) to be processed for annotations (such as DocFooter.class). You may specify a class that can be found in the class path, by its file name (for example, /home/user/myproject/src/DocFooter.class), or with a URL (for example, file:///home/user/myproject/src/DocFooter.class).

For example, compile the following class declaration:

import java.awt.*;
import java.applet.*;

public class DocFooter extends Applet {
        String date;
        String email;

        public void init() {
                date = getParameter("LAST_UPDATED");
                email = getParameter("EMAIL");

        public void paint(Graphics g) {
                g.drawString(date + " by ",100, 15);

The output from javap DocFooter.class yields:

Compiled from ""
public class DocFooter extends java.applet.Applet {
  java.lang.String date;
  java.lang.String email;
  public DocFooter();
  public void init();
  public void paint(java.awt.Graphics);

The output from javap -c DocFooter.class yields:

Compiled from ""
public class DocFooter extends java.applet.Applet {
  java.lang.String date;

  java.lang.String email;

  public DocFooter();
       0: aload_0       
       1: invokespecial #1                  // Method java/applet/Applet."<init>":()V
       4: return        

  public void init();
       0: aload_0       
       1: sipush        500
       4: bipush        100
       6: invokevirtual #2                  // Method resize:(II)V
       9: aload_0       
      10: aload_0       
      11: ldc           #3                  // String LAST_UPDATED
      13: invokevirtual #4                  // Method getParameter:(Ljava/lang/String;)Ljava/lang/String;
      16: putfield      #5                  // Field date:Ljava/lang/String;
      19: aload_0       
      20: aload_0       
      21: ldc           #6                  // String EMAIL
      23: invokevirtual #4                  // Method getParameter:(Ljava/lang/String;)Ljava/lang/String;
      26: putfield      #7                  // Field email:Ljava/lang/String;
      29: return        

  public void paint(java.awt.Graphics);
       0: aload_1       
       1: new           #8                  // class java/lang/StringBuilder
       4: dup           
       5: invokespecial #9                  // Method java/lang/StringBuilder."<init>":()V
       8: aload_0       
       9: getfield      #5                  // Field date:Ljava/lang/String;
      12: invokevirtual #10                 // Method java/lang/StringBuilder.append:(Ljava/lang/String;)Ljava/lang/StringBuilder;
      15: ldc           #11                 // String  by 
      17: invokevirtual #10                 // Method java/lang/StringBuilder.append:(Ljava/lang/String;)Ljava/lang/StringBuilder;
      20: invokevirtual #12                 // Method java/lang/StringBuilder.toString:()Ljava/lang/String;
      23: bipush        100
      25: bipush        15
      27: invokevirtual #13                 // Method java/awt/Graphics.drawString:(Ljava/lang/String;II)V
      30: aload_1       
      31: aload_0       
      32: getfield      #7                  // Field email:Ljava/lang/String;
      35: sipush        290
      38: bipush        15
      40: invokevirtual #13                 // Method java/awt/Graphics.drawString:(Ljava/lang/String;II)V
      43: return        


Prints out help message for javap.
Prints out version information.
Prints out line and local variable tables.
Shows only public classes and members.
Shows only protected and public classes and members.
Shows only package, protected, and public classes and members. This is the default.
Shows all classes and members.
Pass flag directly to the runtime system. Some examples:
javap -J-version
javap MyClassName
Prints internal type signatures.
Shows system information (path, size, date, MD5 hash) of the class being processed.
Shows static final constants.
Prints out disassembled code, i.e., the instructions that comprise the Java bytecodes, for each of the methods in the class. These are documented in the Java Virtual Machine Specification.
Prints stack size, number of locals and args for methods.
-classpath path
Specifies the path javap uses to look up classes. Overrides the default or the CLASSPATH environment variable if it is set.
-bootclasspath path
Specifies path from which to load bootstrap classes. By default, the bootstrap classes are the classes implementing the core Java platform located in jre/lib/rt.jar and several other jar files.
-extdirs dirs
Overrides location at which installed extensions are searched for. The default location for extensions is the value of java.ext.dirs.


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