Java generics – get class? [duplicate]

Short answer: You can’t.

Long answer:

Due to the way generics is implemented in Java, the generic type T is not kept at runtime. Still, you can use a private data member:

public class Foo<T> 
    private Class<T> type;

    public Foo(Class<T> type) { this.type = type; } 

Usage example:

Foo<Integer> test = new Foo<Integer>(Integer.class);

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