In Java, How Can All The Jars In A Directory Be Included In The Classpath?

To include all the JAR files from a specific directory within the Java classpath, you can use the following code:


public class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        // Directory containing the JAR files
        File directory = new File("path/to/jars");

        // Get all the JAR files from the directory
        File[] jars = directory.listFiles((dir, name) -> name.endsWith(".jar"));

        // Create a new URLClassLoader with the JAR file URLs
        URL[] urls = new URL[jars.length];
        for (int i = 0; i < jars.length; i++) {
            urls[i] = jars[i].toURI().toURL();

        URLClassLoader classLoader = new URLClassLoader(urls);

        // Add the JAR files to the classpath

        // Use classes from the JAR files
        Class<?> jarClass = classLoader.loadClass("com.example.JarClass");
        // ...

Make sure to replace "path/to/jars" with the actual path to the directory containing the JAR files you want to include. Additionally, change "com.example.JarClass" to the fully qualified name of the class you want to use from the JAR files.

This code creates a URLClassLoader and adds the JAR file URLs to it. Then, it sets the created class loader as the context class loader for the current thread. Finally, you can use the classes from the JAR files by loading them using the class loader’s loadClass method.

Note that the URLClassLoader is available since Java 1.2. If you’re using an older version, you can use ClassLoader‘s addURL method instead.

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