How to run Java program in command prompt


I created a Java project to call a Web service. It has one Main java file and another class file. I have used some jar files for HTTP client.
In Eclipse it runs fine. I need to run the Java program in command prompt by passing some arguments.
In command prompt I went to src folder containing main java and sub class java file and gave the following command


I'm getting following error cannot find symbol
symbol : class SubClass

here SubClass is my another java class file used to call the web service.

How to run the program by passing arguments?

This question is tagged with java compilation command-line-arguments command-prompt

~ Asked on 2012-08-15 07:57:23

The Best Answer is


javac is the Java compiler. java is the JVM and what you use to execute a Java program. You do not execute .java files, they are just source files. Presumably there is .jar somewhere (or a directory containing .class files) that is the product of building it in Eclipse:


From directory java execute:

java -cp lib/mypackage.jar Main arg1 arg2

~ Answered on 2012-08-15 08:04:28


A very general command prompt how to for java is

java mainjava

You'll very often see people doing

javac *.java
java mainjava

As for the subclass problem that's probably occurring because a path is missing from your class path, the -c flag I believe is used to set that.

~ Answered on 2012-08-15 08:02:26

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