ClassGraph (formerly FastClasspathScanner) is an uber-fast, ultra-lightweight classpath scanner, module scanner, and annotation processor for Java, Scala, Kotlin and other JVM languages.
ClassGraph has the ability to "invert" the Java class and/or reflection API: for example, the Java class and reflection API can tell you the interfaces implemented by a given class, or can give you the list of annotations on a class; ClassGraph can find all classes that implement a given interface, or can find all classes that are annotated with a given annotation.
ClassGraph provides a number of important capabilities to the JVM ecosystem:
- ClassGraph has the ability to build a model in memory of the entire relatedness graph of all classes, annotations, interfaces, methods and fields that are visible to the JVM. This graph can be queried in a wide range of ways.
- ClassGraph reads the classfile bytecode format directly, so it can read all information about classes without loading or initializing them.
- ClassGraph is fully compatible with the new JPMS module system (Project Jigsaw / JDK 9+), i.e. it can scan both the traditional classpath and the visible Java modules. However, the code is also fully backwards compatible with JDK 7 and JDK 8 (i.e. it is compiled to be callable from a JDK 7 project).
- ClassGraph scans the classpath or module path using carefully optimized multithreaded code for the shortest possible scan times, and it runs as close as possible to I/O bandwidth limits, even on a fast SSD.
- ClassGraph handles more classpath specification mechanisms found in the wild than any other classpath scanner, making code that depends upon ClassGraph maximally portable.
- ClassGraph can scan the classpath and module path either at runtime or at build time (e.g. to implement annotation processing for Android).
- ClassGraph can create GraphViz visualizations of the class graph structure, which can help with code understanding: (click to enlarge | see graph legend here)
See the code examples page for examples of how to use the ClassGraph API.
FastClasspathScanner was renamed to ClassGraph, and released as version 4.
ClassGraph has a completely revamped API. See the porting notes for information on porting from the older FastClasspathScanner version 3 API.
In particular, the Maven group id has changed from
io.github.classgraph in version 4. Please see the new Maven dependency rule and module "requires" line in the Wiki documentation.
- Feel free to subscribe to the ClassGraph-Users email list for updates, or to ask questions.
- There is also a Gitter room for discussion of ClassGraph.
ClassGraph was written by Luke Hutchison:
Please donate if this library makes your life easier:
ClassGraph would not be possible without contributions from numerous users, including in the form of bug reports, feature requests, code contributions, and assistance with testing.
Some other classpath scanning mechanisms include:
- Corn Classpath Scanner
- ClassIndex (compiletime annotation scanner/processor)
- Jandex (Java annotation indexer, part of Wildfly)
- Spring has built-in classpath scanning
- Hibernate has the class
- extcos -- the Extended Component Scanner
- ObjectWeb ASM
- QDox, a fast Java source parser and indexer
- bndtools, which is able to "crawl"/parse the bytecode of class files to find all imports/dependencies, among other things.
- coffea, a command line tool and Python library for analyzing static dependences in Java bytecode
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Copyright (c) 2018 Luke Hutchison
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