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Java (maven web app), getting full file path for file in resources folder?

Posted by: admin December 28, 2021 Leave a comment


I’m working with a project that is setup using the standard Maven directory structure so I have a folder called “resources” and within this I have made a folder called “fonts” and then put a file in it. I need to pass in the full String file path (of a file that is located, within my project structure, at resources/fonts/somefont.ttf) to an object I am using, from a 3rd party library, as below, I have searched on this for a while but have become a bit confused as to the proper way to do this. I have tried as below but it isn’t able to find it. I looked at using ResourceBundle but that seemed to involve making an actual File object when I just need the path to pass into a method like the one below (don’t have the actual method call in front of me so just giving an example from my memory):


I had thought there was a way, with a project with standard Maven directory structure to get a file from the resource folder without having to use the full relative path from the class / package. Any advice on this is greatly appreciated.

I don’t want to use a hard-coded path since different developers who work on the project have different setups and I want to include this as part of the project so that they get it directly when they checkout the project source.

This is for a web application (Struts 1.3 app) and when I look into the exploded WAR file (which I am running the project off of through Tomcat), the file is at:

<Exploded war dir>/resources/fonts/somefont.ttf


import java.io.File;
import org.springframework.core.io.*;

public String getFontFilePath(String classpathRelativePath) {
    Resource rsrc = new ClassPathResource(classpathRelativePath);
    return rsrc.getFile().getAbsolutePath();

In your case, classpathRelativePath would be something like “/resources/fonts/somefont.ttf”.


You can use the below mentioned to get the path of the file:

String fileName = "/filename.extension"; //use forward slash to recognize your file
String path = this.getClass().getResource(fileName).toString();

use/pass the path to your methods.


If your resources directory is in the root of your war, that means resources/fonts/somefont.ttf would be a “virtual path” where that file is available. You can get the “real path”–the absolute file system path–from the ServletContext. Note (in the docs) that this only works if the WAR is exploded. If your container runs the app from the war file without expanding it, this method won’t work.


You can look up the answer to the question on similar lines which I had
Loading XML Files during Maven Test run

The answer given by BobG should work. Though you need to keep in mind that path for the resource file is relative to path of the current class. Both resources and java source files are in classpath