Load File From Resources Folder Java

In this tutorial we will show you how to load a file from the resources folder in Java. There are some cases in which you want to get a file from the resources folder, in particular when you want to unit test certain code that does file manipulations e.g.: creating zip files, reading input files etc, … There are two ways you can get the file from the resources folder.

File from resources folder with getResource()

Class.getResource can take a “relative” resource name, which is treated relative to the class’s package. Alternatively you can specify an “absolute” resource name by using a leading slash. This method delegates the call to its class loader. After making these changes to the resource name: if the resource name starts with “/”, it is unchanged; otherwise, the package name is prepended to the resource name after converting “.” to “/”. If this object was loaded by the bootstrap loader, the call is delegated to ClassLoader.getSystemResource().

File file = new File(getClass().getResource("/example.txt").getFile());

File from resources folder with ClassLoader

ClassLoader resource paths are always deemed to be absolute.

File file = new File(getClass().getClassLoader().getResource("example.txt").getFile());
If you want to load a file from the resources folder from a static context you must use the class name.


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