Open source and free Java utility that provides support for reading and writing annotation files (Java program element meta-data)

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First of all, developers need to be able to transfer annotations between the three possible locations for annotations: source code, class files, and annotation files.

Furthermore, developers will want to extract annotations from source and class files to an annotation file in order to easily read annotations.

However, various tools will only read annotations from source and class files.

Annotation File Utilities is a free and open-source project that provide three tools to read and write annotation files:

· insert-annotations read annotations from an annotation file and inserts them into a class file

· extract-annotations read annotations from a class file and writes them out to an annotation file

· insert-annotations-to-source reads annotations from an annotation file and inserts them into a Java source file.

Detailed instructions on how to install and use the Annotation File Utilities utility on your Mac are available Annotation File Utilities’ homepage.

Annotation File Utilities is a cross-platform utility capable of running on any operating system that comes with Java support (e.g. Mac OS X, Windows, Linux).

System requirements

  • JAVA

We at AppsForMyPC have tested and used Annotation File Utilities for Mac and it worked pretty smoothly 🙂 🙂