Java jar file reading FAQ: Can you show me how a Java application can read a file from own of its own Jar files?
Here's an example of some Java code I'm using to read a file (a text file) from a Java Jar file. This is useful any time you pack files and other resources into Jar files to distribute your Java application.
Java - read Jar file example #1
The source code to read a file from a Java Jar file uses the getClass and getResourceAsStream methods: