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Java Runtime class

Java Runtime class is used to interact with java runtime environment. Java Runtime class provides methods to execute a process, invoke GC, get total and free memory etc. There is only one instance of java.lang.Runtime class is available for one java application.

The Runtime.getRuntime() method returns the singleton instance of Runtime class.

Important methods of Java Runtime class

No. Method Description
1) public static Runtime getRuntime() returns the instance of Runtime class.
2) public void exit(int status) terminates the current virtual machine.
3) public void addShutdownHook(Thread hook) registers new hook thread.
4) public Process exec(String command)throws IOException executes given command in a separate process.
5) public int availableProcessors() returns no. of available processors.
6) public long freeMemory() returns amount of free memory in JVM.
7) public long totalMemory() returns amount of total memory in JVM.

Java Runtime exec() method

  1. public class Runtime1{
  2.  public static void main(String args[])throws Exception{
  3.   Runtime.getRuntime().exec(“notepad”);//will open a new notepad
  4.  }
  5. }

Java Runtime freeMemory() and totalMemory() method

In the given program, after creating 10000 instance, free memory will be less than the previous free memory. But after gc() call, you will get more free memory.

  1. public class MemoryTest{
  2.  public static void main(String args[])throws Exception{
  3.   Runtime r=Runtime.getRuntime();
  4.   System.out.println(“Total Memory: “+r.totalMemory());
  5.   System.out.println(“Free Memory: “+r.freeMemory());
  6.   for(int i=0;i<10000;i++){
  7.    new MemoryTest();
  8.   }
  9.   System.out.println(“After creating 10000 instance, Free Memory: “+r.freeMemory());
  10.   System.gc();
  11.   System.out.println(“After gc(), Free Memory: “+r.freeMemory());
  12.  }
  13. }
Total Memory: 100139008
Free Memory: 99474824
After creating 10000 instance, Free Memory: 99310552
After gc(), Free Memory: 100182832
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