Java.lang.Class.forName(String className) Method


The java.lang.Class.forName(String className) method returns the Class object associated with the class or interface with the given string name.


Following is the declaration for java.lang.Class.forName() method

public static Class<?> forName(String className) throws ClassNotFoundException


className − This is the fully qualified name of the desired class.

Return Value

This method returns the Class object for the class with the specified name.


  • LinkageError − if the linkage fails.

  • ExceptionInInitializerError − if the initialization provoked by this method fails.

  • ClassNotFoundException − if the class cannot be located.


The following example shows the usage of java.lang.Class.forName() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.lang.*;

public class ClassDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

      try {
         // returns the Class object for the class with the specified name
         Class cls = Class.forName("java.lang.ClassLoader");
         // returns the name and package of the class
         System.out.println("Class found = " + cls.getName());
         System.out.println("Package = " + cls.getPackage());
      } catch(ClassNotFoundException ex) {

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result −

Class found = java.lang.ClassLoader
Package = package java.lang, Java Platform API Specification, version 1.8