Java9 series (4) Process API update



This article mainly studiesJEP 102: Process API Updates


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Java9 introduces ProcessHandle

 * ProcessHandle identifies and provides control of native processes. Each
 * individual process can be monitored for liveness, list its children,
 * get information about the process or destroy it.
 * By comparison, {@link java.lang.Process Process} instances were started
 * by the current process and additionally provide access to the process
 * input, output, and error streams.
 * <p>
 * The native process ID is an identification number that the
 * operating system assigns to the process.
 * The range for process id values is dependent on the operating system.
 * For example, an embedded system might use a 16-bit value.
 * Status information about a process is retrieved from the native system
 * and may change asynchronously; processes may be created or terminate
 * spontaneously.
 * The time between when a process terminates and the process id
 * is reused for a new process is unpredictable.
 * Race conditions can exist between checking the status of a process and
 * acting upon it. When using ProcessHandles avoid assumptions
 * about the liveness or identity of the underlying process.
 * <p>
 * Each ProcessHandle identifies and allows control of a process in the native
 * system. ProcessHandles are returned from the factory methods {@link #current()},
 * {@link #of(long)},
 * {@link #children}, {@link #descendants}, {@link #parent()} and
 * {@link #allProcesses()}.
 * <p>
 * The {@link Process} instances created by {@link ProcessBuilder} can be queried
 * for a ProcessHandle that provides information about the Process.
 * ProcessHandle references should not be freely distributed.
 * <p>
 * A {@link java.util.concurrent.CompletableFuture} available from {@link #onExit}
 * can be used to wait for process termination, and possibly trigger dependent
 * actions.
 * <p>
 * The factory methods limit access to ProcessHandles using the
 * SecurityManager checking the {@link RuntimePermission RuntimePermission("manageProcess")}.
 * The ability to control processes is also restricted by the native system,
 * ProcessHandle provides no more access to, or control over, the native process
 * than would be allowed by a native application.
 * @implSpec
 * In the case where ProcessHandles cannot be supported then the factory
 * methods must consistently throw {@link java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException}.
 * The methods of this class throw {@link java.lang.UnsupportedOperationException}
 * if the operating system does not allow access to query or kill a process.
 * <p>
 * The {@code ProcessHandle} static factory methods return instances that are
 * <a href="{@docRoot}/java/lang/doc-files/ValueBased.html">value-based</a>,
 * immutable and thread-safe.
 * Use of identity-sensitive operations (including reference equality
 * ({@code ==}), identity hash code, or synchronization) on these instances of
 * {@code ProcessHandle} may have unpredictable results and should be avoided.
 * Use {@link #equals(Object) equals} or
 * {@link #compareTo(ProcessHandle) compareTo} methods to compare ProcessHandles.
 * @see Process
 * @since 9
public interface ProcessHandle extends Comparable<ProcessHandle> {

ProcessHandle provides control over local processes, which can monitor their survival, find their child processes, view their information, and even destroy them. It is very suitable for long-time process calls.


View process information

    public void testProcessHandle() {
        final ProcessHandle processHandle = ProcessHandle.current();
        final ProcessHandle.Info info =;
        System.out.println("Process info =>");
        System.out.format("PID: %s%n",;
        info.arguments().ifPresent(args -> System.out.format("Arguments: %s%n", Arrays.toString(args)));
        info.command().ifPresent(command -> System.out.format("Command: %s%n", command));
                .ifPresent(commandLine -> System.out.format("Command line: %s%n", commandLine));
                .ifPresent(startInstant -> System.out.format("Start time: %s%n", startInstant));
                .ifPresent(cpuDuration -> System.out.format("CPU time: %s%n", cpuDuration));
        info.user().ifPresent(user -> System.out.format("User: %s%n", user));

Start/Destroy Process

    public void testControlProcess() throws IOException {
        final ProcessBuilder processBuilder = new ProcessBuilder("top")
        ProcessHandle processHandle = processBuilder.start().toHandle();
        final CountDownLatch latch = new CountDownLatch(1);

        processHandle.onExit().whenCompleteAsync((handle, throwable) -> {
            if (throwable == null) {
            } else {
        final Thread shutdownThread = new Thread(() -> {
            try {
            } catch (final InterruptedException e) {
            if (processHandle.supportsNormalTermination()) {
            } else {
        try {
        } catch (final InterruptedException e) {


The biggest update of java9 to the process api is the introduction of ProcessHandle, which can be used to view process information, monitor and destroy it.