Get methods return type

This is an example of how to get the return type of a classe’s methods. To get the return type of a classe’s methods one should perform the following steps:

  • Get the array of Method objects reflecting all the methods declared by the class, using getDeclaredMethods() API method of Class. This includes public, protected, default (package) access, and private methods, but excludes inherited methods. The elements in the array returned are not sorted and are not in any particular order. This method returns an array of length 0 if the class or interface declares no methods, or if this Class object represents a primitive type, an array class, or void.
  • For all elements in the array get the return type for the method each object represents, using getReturnType() API method of Method.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:  

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

public class GetReturnType {

    public static void main(String args[]){

  Class<?> clazz = java.lang.ThreadLocal.class;

  Method[] methods;

  // return class and super class methods

  methods = clazz.getDeclaredMethods();

  for (int i = 0; i < methods.length; i++){

System.out.println(methods[i] + ", return type :" + methods[i].getReturnType());



public java.lang.Object java.lang.ThreadLocal.get(), return type :class java.lang.Object
public void java.lang.ThreadLocal.remove(), return type :void
static java.lang.ThreadLocal$ThreadLocalMap java.lang.ThreadLocal.createInheritedMap(java.lang.ThreadLocal$ThreadLocalMap), return type :class java.lang.ThreadLocal$ThreadLocalMap
static int java.lang.ThreadLocal.access$400(java.lang.ThreadLocal), return type :int
public void java.lang.ThreadLocal.set(java.lang.Object), return type :void
private java.lang.Object java.lang.ThreadLocal.setInitialValue(), return type :class java.lang.Object
java.lang.Object java.lang.ThreadLocal.childValue(java.lang.Object), return type :class java.lang.Object
void java.lang.ThreadLocal.createMap(java.lang.Thread,java.lang.Object), return type :void
java.lang.ThreadLocal$ThreadLocalMap java.lang.ThreadLocal.getMap(java.lang.Thread), return type :class java.lang.ThreadLocal$ThreadLocalMap
protected java.lang.Object java.lang.ThreadLocal.initialValue(), return type :class java.lang.Object
private static int java.lang.ThreadLocal.nextHashCode(), return type :int

This was an example of how to get the return type of a classe’s methods in Java.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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