Ketan Khairnar Ketan Khairnar - 2 months ago 10x
Java Question

java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError no *****.dll in java.library.path

How can I load a custom dll file in my web application? I tried following ways but its failing.

  • copied all required dlls in
    folder and tried to load one of them in

  • Copied required dlls in

  • all these dlls are in
    of the web-application


In order for System.loadLibrary() to work, the library (on Windows, a DLL) must be in a directory somewhere on your PATH or on a path listed in the java.library.path system property (so you can launch Java like java -Djava.library.path=/path/to/dir).

Additionally, for loadLibrary(), you specify the base name of the library, without the .dll at the end. So, for /path/to/something.dll, you would just use System.loadLibrary("something").

You also need to look at the exact UnsatisfiedLinkError that you are getting. If it says something like:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: no foo in java.library.path

then it can't find the foo library (foo.dll) in your PATH or java.library.path. If it says something like:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError:

then something is wrong with the library itself in the sense that Java is not able to map a native Java function in your application to its actual native counterpart.

To start with, I would put some logging around your System.loadLibrary() call to see if that executes properly. If it throws an exception or is not in a code path that is actually executed, then you will always get the latter type of UnsatisfiedLinkError explained above.

As a sidenote, most people put their loadLibrary() calls into a static initializer block in the class with the native methods, to ensure that it is always executed exactly once:

class Foo {

    static {

    public Foo() {