How To Run A Java Program Using Command Prompt

Run a Java Program using Command Prompt:

We use Java compiler javac to compile Java program and the Java interpreter java to run the Java program.

Goal: To run a Java program using Command Prompt.

Steps to achieve our goal:
i. Create a folder
ii. Create a java class and write a java program
iii. Open command prompt
iv. Run the created Java program using command prompt

Step i: Create a folder

Step ii: Create a java class and write a java program

Using Notepad or another text editor, create a Java file with the following text:

Save your file as in C:\SoftwareTestingMaterial.

Step iii: Open command prompt

Open Command Prompt (Open Run (Windows+R) and type cmd)

Step iv: Run the created Java program using command prompt

Follow the below steps:

This makes C:\SoftwareTestingMaterial the current directory.

This displays the directory contents.  You should see among the files.

(use the JDK folder for the version installed on your system).  This tells the system where to find JDK programs.

This runs javac.exe, the compiler.  You should see nothing but the next system prompt.

javac has created the HelloTesters.class file.  You should see and HelloTesters.class among the files.

This runs the Java interpreter.  You should see the program output:

Output:This is SoftwareTestngMaterial website!

i. Java is case-sensitive! Check your Java text. Check the spelling and capitalization in the file name and the class name and the java HelloTesters command.

ii. In “Step iv”, we set the jdk path. It is possible to make the path setting permanent but you have to be very careful because your system might crash in case of any mistake. Proceed with extreme caution!

To ensure that Windows can find the Java compiler and interpreter:

Select Start -> Computer -> System Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Environment Variables -> System Variables -> PATH

Click “Edit” and at the end append the jdk path after semicolon ( ; )

Note: Add jdk path based on your system jdk path

Click on OK.

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Sumasri is a Sr. Software Test Engineer. Currently working in an MNC. She is a co-founder of Software Testing Material. She has an exclusive experience in the field of Software Testing. She writes here about Manual Testing and Automation Testing.

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