How to display all stack frames of the current thread in Java 9?

Stack Walking API can provide a flexible mechanism to traverse and extract information from call stacks that allow us to filter and access frames in a lazy manner. StackWalker class is an entry point to Stack Walking API. The stack trace is a representation of a call stack at a certain point of time in which each element represents a method invocation. It contains all invocations from the start of a thread until the point it’s generated.

In the below example, we can print/display all stack frames of the current thread by using StackWalker API.


import java.lang.StackWalker.StackFrame;
import java.lang.reflect.Method;
import java.util.List;

public class StackWalkerTest {
   public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
      Method test1Method = Helper1.class.getDeclaredMethod("test1", (Class[])null);
      test1Method.invoke(null, (Object[]) null);

// Helper1 class
class Helper1 {
   protected static void test1() {

// Helper2 class
class Helper2 {
   protected static void test2() {
      List<StackFrame> stack = StackWalker.getInstance().walk((s) -> s.collect(Collectors.toList()));
      for(StackFrame frame : stack) {
         System.out.println(frame.getClassName() + " " + frame.getLineNumber() + " " +    frame.getMethodName());


Helper2 23 test2
Helper1 16 test1
StackWalkerTest 9 main

Updated on: 19-Mar-2020


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