How can I lock a file using java (if possible)

Don’t use the classes in package, instead use the java.nio package . The latter has a FileLock class. You can apply a lock to a FileChannel.

 try {
        // Get a file channel for the file
        File file = new File("filename");
        FileChannel channel = new RandomAccessFile(file, "rw").getChannel();

        // Use the file channel to create a lock on the file.
        // This method blocks until it can retrieve the lock.
        FileLock lock = channel.lock();

           use channel.lock OR channel.tryLock();

        // Try acquiring the lock without blocking. This method returns
        // null or throws an exception if the file is already locked.
        try {
            lock = channel.tryLock();
        } catch (OverlappingFileLockException e) {
            // File is already locked in this thread or virtual machine

        // Release the lock - if it is not null!
        if( lock != null ) {

        // Close the file
    } catch (Exception e) {

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