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Class getMethod() method in Java with Examples

  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 16 Dec, 2019

The getMethod() method of java.lang.Class class is used to get the specified method of this class with the specified parameter type, which is the method that is public and its members. The method returns the specified method of this class in the form of Method objects.

Syntax:

public Method getMethod(String methodName, 
                    Class[] parameterType) 
       throws NoSuchMethodException, SecurityException

Parameter: This method accepts two parameters:

  • methodName which is the Method to be get.
  • parameterType which is the array of parameter type for the specified method.

Return Value: This method returns the specified method of this class in the form of Method objects.

Exception This method throws:



  • NoSuchMethodException if a method with the specified name is not found.
  • NullPointerException if name is null
  • SecurityException if a security manager is present and the security conditions are not met.

    Below programs demonstrate the getMethod() method.

    Example 1:




    // Java program to demonstrate getMethod() method
      
    import java.util.*;
      
    public class Test {
      
        public void func() {}
      
        public static void main(String[] args)
            throws ClassNotFoundException, NoSuchMethodException
        {
      
            // returns the Class object for this class
            Class myClass = Class.forName("Test");
      
            System.out.println("Class represented by myClass: "
                               + myClass.toString());
      
            String methodName = "func";
            Class[] parameterType = null;
      
            // Get the method of myClass
            // using getMethod() method
            System.out.println(
                methodName + " Method of myClass: "
                + myClass.getMethod(methodName, parameterType));
        }
    }
    Output:
    Class represented by myClass: class Test
    func Method of myClass: public void Test.func()
    

    Example 2:




    // Java program to demonstrate getMethod() method
      
    import java.util.*;
      
    class Main {
      
        public void func() {}
      
        public static void main(String[] args)
            throws ClassNotFoundException, NoSuchMethodException
        {
            // returns the Class object for this class
            Class myClass = Class.forName("Main");
      
            System.out.println("Class represented by myClass: "
                               + myClass.toString());
      
            String methodName = "func";
            Class[] parameterType = null;
      
            try {
                // Get the method of myClass
                // using getMethod() method
                System.out.println(
                    methodName + " Method of myClass: "
                    + myClass.getMethod(methodName, parameterType));
            }
            catch (Exception e) {
                System.out.println(e);
            }
        }
    }
    Output:
    Class represented by myClass: class Main
    java.lang.NoSuchMethodException: Main.func()
    

    Reference: https://docs.oracle.com/javase/9/docs/api/java/lang/Class.html#getMethod-java.lang.String-java.lang.Class…-

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