Locating jars using a class or Package

For my build process, I need to reference files stored inside of jars. This is normally done so:


The computation of this path can be done automatically in java.

public String getPath(Class clazz) {
	CodeSource containingJarFile = clazz.getProtectionDomain()

	String libLocation = "";
	if (containingJarFile != null) {

		libLocation = containingJarFile.getLocation().toString();

		if (libLocation.endsWith(".jar")) {
			libLocation = "jar:" + libLocation + "!/";

	return libLocation;

Just attach the path to the return of this method, and you can reference files inside jars.

The implementation is from the AcceleoCompiler Class from the Accleo Eclipse Project.


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