Include Resources in a Native Executable

The following steps illustrate how to include a resource in a native executable. The application fortune simulates the traditional fortune Unix program (for more information, see fortune).

  1. Save the following Java source code as a file named

     import java.util.ArrayList;
     import java.util.Random;
     import java.util.Scanner;
     public class Fortune {
         private static final String SEPARATOR = "%";
         private static final Random RANDOM = new Random();
         private ArrayList<String> fortunes = new ArrayList<>();
         public Fortune(String path) {
             // Scan the file into the array of fortunes
             Scanner s = new Scanner(new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(this.getClass().getResourceAsStream(path))));
             while (s.hasNext()) {
         private void printRandomFortune() throws InterruptedException {
             int r = RANDOM.nextInt(fortunes.size()); //Pick a random number
             String f = fortunes.get(r);  //Use the random number to pick a random fortune
             for (char c: f.toCharArray()) {  // Print out the fortune
         public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException {
             Fortune fortune = new Fortune("/fortunes.u8");
  2. Download the fortunes.u8 resource file and save it in the same directory as

  3. Compile the Java source code:

  4. Build a native executable by specifying the resource path:

     $JAVA_HOME/bin/native-image Fortune -H:IncludeResources=".*u8$"
  5. Run the executable image:


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