Java Reflection, Class Objects

My objective is to read in to the command line the name of a Class I wish to observe info on. When I know the class name before runtime, I have no issue. What I can't seem to manage is how to create a class object based on a string input.

public class Tester {

    static void methodInfo2(Object obj) throws ClassNotFoundException {
        //some stuff        


    public static void main (String args[]) throws ClassNotFoundException{
        String className = args[0];
        System.out.println("Class:  "+className);

        //myclass2 mc = new myclass2();
        //Class c = mc.getClass();
        Class argClass = Class.forName(className);

        try {
        } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {



The 2 commented out lines in the main method show what I have done in the past when I know the class name before I compile. The following uncommented line shows what I thought should work, but I receive a ClassNotFoundException. The class certainly exists so I'm not sure what problem I'm having.


Two suggestions:

  1. Make sure you're giving it the fully-qualified name (e.g. "java.lang.Thread" and not just "Thread").
  2. Make sure the compiled class file is actually on the classpath.

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