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How can a shortcut file be generated using Java?

asked 2021-05-08 11:00:00 +0000

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answered 2022-06-02 18:00:00 +0000

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A shortcut file, also known as a symbolic link or alias, can be generated using Java by using the java.nio.file package. Here are the steps:

  1. Create a Path object for the source file or directory.

  2. Create a Path object for the shortcut file or directory.

  3. Use the createSymbolicLink() method to create the symbolic link from the shortcut file to the source file or directory.

Here is the Java code to generate a shortcut file for a specific file:

import java.nio.file.*;

public class ShortcutGenerator {

   public static void main(String[] args) {
      try {
         Path sourceFile = Paths.get("C:/Documents/file.txt");
         Path shortcutFile = Paths.get("C:/Desktop/file_shortcut.txt");
         Files.createSymbolicLink(shortcutFile, sourceFile);
         System.out.println("Shortcut created.");
      catch (Exception e) {
         System.out.println("Error creating shortcut: " + e);

Note: This code will only work on operating systems that support symbolic links.

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