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I am trying to read a text file which is set in CLASSPATH system variable. Not a user variable.

I am trying to get input stream to the file as below:

Place the directory of file (D:\myDir)in CLASSPATH and try below:

InputStream in = this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("SomeTextFile.txt");

InputStream in = this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("/SomeTextFile.txt");

InputStream in = this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("//SomeTextFile.txt");

Place full path of file (D:\myDir\SomeTextFile.txt)in CLASSPATH and try the same above 3 lines of code.

But unfortunately NONE of them are working and I am always getting null into my InputStream in.

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With the index on the classpath, from a class loaded by the identical classloader, you should be able to try each of:

// From ClassLoader, all paths are "absolute" already - there's no context

// from which they could be relative. Therefore you don't need a leading slash.

InputStream in = this.getClass().getClassLoader()


// From Class, the path is relative to the package of the class unless

// you include a leading slash, so if you don't want to use the current

// package, include a slash like this:

InputStream in = this.getClass().getResourceAsStream("/SomeTextFile.txt");

If these aren't operating, that implies something else is incorrect.

So for instance, take this code:

package dummy;


public class Test


    public static void main(String[] args)


        InputStream stream = Test.class.getResourceAsStream("/SomeTextFile.txt");

        System.out.println(stream != null);

        stream = Test.class.getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("SomeTextFile.txt");

        System.out.println(stream != null);



And this index structure:






And then (practicing the Unix path separator as I'm on a Linux box):

java -classpath code:txt dummy.Test




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