BobMcGee BobMcGee - 6 months ago 17
Java Question

How can I tell if I'm running in 64-bit JVM or 32-bit JVM (from within a program)?

How can I tell if the JVM my application runs in is 32 bit or 64-bit? Specifically, what function or preference do I access to detect this within the program?


Sun has a Java System property to determine the bitness of the JVM: 32 or 64: // 32 bit JVM // 64 bit JVM

You can use


to determine if its 32/64 from the program.

From the Sun HotSpot FAQ:

When writing Java code, how do I distinguish between 32 and 64-bit operation?

There's no public API that allows you to distinguish between 32 and 64-bit operation. Think of 64-bit as just another platform in the write once, run anywhere tradition. However, if you'd like to write code which is platform specific (shame on you), the system property has the value "32", "64", or "unknown".

The only good reason is if your java code is dependent upon native libraries and your code needs to determine which version (32 or 64bit) to load on startup.