How to access package level annotations in runtime from a jar?

How can i access all package-info classes in a jar in my class path ? I want to access the package level annotations used in these classes.

I want to do the following steps:-

  1. Find all the classes
  2. Get their packages
  3. Get the annotation @PackageOwner


There's a more simple solution, not involving an external api. You can get the Package object from a class located in the package for which you want the annotations. And then get these annotations by calling the method getAnnotations() on the package :

import java.lang.annotation.Annotation;

public class PackageAnnotationsTest {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Package myPackage = AClassInMyPackage.class.getPackage();
        Annotation[] myPackageAnnotations = myPackage.getAnnotations();
        System.out.println("Available annotations for package : " + myPackage.getName());
        for(Annotation a : myPackageAnnotations) {
            System.out.println("\t * " + a.annotationType());

Thanks to this link that helped me on this question. I had first read this thread and Parikshit's answer but I didn't want to use an external api.

guava 14+ came to the rescue :)

following code works

public class OwnerFinder {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            ClassPath classPath = ClassPath.from(OwnerFinder.class.getClassLoader());
                    .filter(c -> c.getSimpleName().equals("package-info"))
                    .map(c -> c.load().getPackage().getAnnotation(PackageOwner.class))
                    .forEach(a -> System.out.println(a.owner()));

        } catch(IOException e) {

application of the annotation is below for the

@PackageOwner(owner = "shaikhm")
package com.somepackage;

Maybe you could try the reflections library.

A typical use of Reflections would be:

Reflections reflections = new Reflections("my.project");

Set<Class<? extends SomeType>> subTypes = reflections.getSubTypesOf(SomeType.class);

Set<Class<?>> annotated = reflections.getTypesAnnotatedWith(SomeAnnotation.class);

If you need to dynamically load a Package, and you can't directly reference an existing class to get the Package, then you can use the following to load the package-info class and retrieve the annotation:

Package pkg = Class.forName(packageName + ".package-info").getPackage();
PackageOwner packageOwner = pkg.getAnnotation(PackageOwner.class);

This removes the need to use an external dependency, and you don't have to be aware of any classes in the target package.

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