Java 9 JShell – How To Import The External Library

This quick tutorial is going to cover how to import the external library into Java 9 JShell.

1. Setting The Class Path For Java 9 JShell

1.1. Start Java 9 JShell With –class-path Option

To import the external library into Java 9 JShell, at first, we will need to set the class path for JShell session. After that, we can use the external code that is accessible through the class path in our JShell session.

To set class path for Java 9 JShell session in the command line, we can use the syntax as follows:

For example, to set class path for JShell session to two libraries eclipse-collections-9.0.0.jar and gson-2.8.1.jar:

1.2. Using The /env Command

If we’re working on an opening JShell session, and we want to set class path for it, we can use the /env command with the following syntax:

For example, to set class path to the above libraries:

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1.3. Using The CLASSPATH Variable

Another option for us set class path for Java 9 JShell to use the CLASSPATH variable. This way will allow us to set class path to all jars in a directory, for example:

We have set the CLASSPATH variable to the /home/rio/libs where contains all our jar files, and in the JShell, we can access and import all classes contained in those jars.

Import The External Library Into Java 9 JShell - Set CLASSPATH variable

Set CLASSPATH variable

 

2. Import The External Library Into Java 9 JShell

After that, we can import classes included in those libraries by using the import statement to use, for example:

Import External Library Into Java 9 JShell

Import the external library Into Java 9 JShell

3. Summary

The tutorial has illustrated us how to import the external library into Java 9 JShell. Before doing that, we will need to set class path for JShell.

Below are other Java 9 related tutorial for your references:

Introduction To Java 9 JShell

Java 9 JShell – Execute And Exit A Script

Create Immutable Lists In Java 9 By Static Factory Methods

Private Interface Methods In Java 9

Using The InputStream.transferTo() To Copy Streams In Java 9

Java 9 – New Methods Of The Optional Class