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How to get all annotations from a class?


Description:

  • Incase if any annotation is specifies its retention policy as RUNTIME, then those annotations can be queried at runtime by any java program.
  • Below example code shows how to query all given annotations at runtime.


Code:
package com.java2novice.annotations;

import java.lang.annotation.Annotation;
import java.lang.annotation.Retention;
import java.lang.annotation.RetentionPolicy;
import java.lang.reflect.Method;


@Retention(RetentionPolicy.RUNTIME)
@interface MyAnnoOne{
	
	String key();
	String value();
}

@Retention(RetentionPolicy.RUNTIME)
@interface MyAnnoTwo{
	
	int count();
}

public class MyMultipleAnns {

	@MyAnnoTwo(count=20)
	@MyAnnoOne(key="site", value="java2novice.com")
	public void myAnnotationTestMethod(){
		
		try {
			Class<? extends MyMultipleAnns> cls = this.getClass();
			Method mth = cls.getMethod("myAnnotationTestMethod");
			Annotation[] anns = mth.getAnnotations();
			for(Annotation an:anns){
				System.out.println(an);
			}
		} catch (SecurityException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block
			e.printStackTrace();
		} catch (NoSuchMethodException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block
			e.printStackTrace();
		}
	}
	
	public static void main(String a[]){
		
		MyMultipleAnns mat = new MyMultipleAnns();
		mat.myAnnotationTestMethod();
	}
}

Output:
@com.java2novice.annotations.MyAnnoTwo(count=20)
@com.java2novice.annotations.MyAnnoOne(key=site, value=java2novice.com)
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I'm Nataraja Gootooru, programmer by profession and passionate about technologies. All examples given here are as simple as possible to help beginners. The source code is compiled and tested in my dev environment.

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