java.lang.reflect.AccessibleObject.getAnnotation() Method Example



The java.lang.reflect.AccessibleObject.getAnnotation(Class annotationClass) method returns this element's annotation for the specified type if such an annotation is present, else null.


Following is the declaration for java.lang.reflect.AccessibleObject.getAnnotation(Class annotationClass) method.

public <T extends Annotation> T getAnnotation(Class<T> annotationClass)


annotationClass − the Class object corresponding to the annotation type.

Return Value

this element's annotation for the specified annotation type if present on this element, else null.


NullPointerException − if the given annotation class is null.


The following example shows the usage of java.lang.reflect.AccessibleObject.getAnnotation(Class annotationClass) method.

Live Demo
package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.lang.annotation.Retention;
import java.lang.annotation.RetentionPolicy;
import java.lang.annotation.Annotation;
import java.lang.reflect.AccessibleObject;

public class AccessibleObjectDemo {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws NoSuchMethodException, 
      SecurityException, NoSuchFieldException {
      AccessibleObject sampleMethod = SampleClass.class.getMethod("sampleMethod");

      Annotation annotation = sampleMethod.getAnnotation(CustomAnnotation.class);
      if(annotation instanceof CustomAnnotation){
         CustomAnnotation customAnnotation = (CustomAnnotation) annotation;
         System.out.println("name: " +;
         System.out.println("value: " + customAnnotation.value());

@CustomAnnotation(name = "SampleClass",  value = "Sample Class Annotation")
class SampleClass {
   private String sampleField;

   @CustomAnnotation(name = "sampleMethod",  value = "Sample Method Annotation")
   public String sampleMethod(){
      return "sample";

   public String getSampleField() {
      return sampleField;

   public void setSampleField(String sampleField) {
      this.sampleField = sampleField;

@interface CustomAnnotation {
   public String name();
   public String value();

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

name: sampleMethod
value: Sample Method Annotation