Find the jar file containing a class

Mashooq Badar · 13 Jan 2010

I often need to know which jar file contains a particular class and I'm sure most people have that problem at some point. You can use jarFinder but it's not always up-to-date or the class might be in a jar private to your organisation. You can use the following command to do a search on your file systems for all jars, and search in them for the class you're trying to find:

find -name *.jar -print -exec jar tvf {} \; | egrep "\.jar|<Class Name>"

Replace Class Name with the name of your class (Case sensitive). Use cygwin if you are on windows.

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Mash is a pragmatic software craftsman always looking to improve his software creation skills and helping others do the same. He firmly believes that a well-rounded software craftsman must have a keen interest in all aspects of software creation, including; process, people, technology, user experience, development, operation, maintenance, and social impact. He relishes the daily challenges that Codurance brings to him–stretching his existing knowledge and expertise allowing him to constantly grow as a professional.

Mash is an advisor and a leader. During his diverse career, he has succeeded in invigorating large ailing software projects as well as creating highly effective software teams and departments. His broad and deep technical knowledge, organisational skills, craft focus, and empathy to people involved have been integral to his success. He has worked in many roles for charities, investment banks, consultancies, government, media and cloud providers. He prides himself at being a hands-on software developer and believes that software development skills are very hard to learn and the best way to maintain them is to apply them.

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