JNI method and constructor signature cheat sheet

I just started learning LS2J, and the JNI signatures that are required when getting methods and constructors are a bit hard to understand. Here are my findings so far.

  • B=byte
  • C=char
  • D=double
  • F=float
  • I=int
  • J=long
  • S=short
  • V=void
  • Z=boolean
  • Lfully-qualified-class=fully qualified class
  • [type=array of type>
  • (argument types)return type=method type. If no arguments, use empty argument types: (). If return type is void (or constructor) use (argument types)V.


constructor: (String s)translates to:(Ljava/lang/String;)V

method: String toString()translates to:()Ljava/lang/String;

method: long myMethod(int n, String s, int[] arr)translates to:(ILjava/lang/String;[I)J


Use javap -s classname to get the signatures of the class, for example: javap -s java.lang.String.

Also see Sun’s somewhat short description of JNI signatures. Another short one at Real’s How To.