java - tutorial - Access resources in another osgi bundle?

the org eclipse osgi plug in is missing from this configuration (4)

I have created two OSGI bundles A and B using the eclipse Plug-in project wizard (using eclipse Helios).

In the manifest file of bundle B I have added bundle A as a dependency. Further I have exported the packages in A so they are visible for B. I also have a .properties file in bundle A that I would like to make visible for bundle B. In the pane in bundle A I have specified:

source.. = src/
bin.includes = META-INF/,\

Now in bundle B I try to load the .properties file using:

  private Properties loadProperties() {
    Properties properties = new Properties();
    InputStream istream = this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream(
    try {
    } catch (IOException e) {
      logger.error("Properties file not found!", e);
    return properties;

But that gives a nullpointer exception (the file is not found on the classpath).

Is it possible to export resources from bundle A (just like when you export packages) or somehow access the file in A from B in another way (accessing the classloader for bundle A from bundle B)?

Have you considered adding a method to bundle A's API that loads and returns the resource?

Many might consider this a better design as it allows the name or means of storage of the resource to change without breaking clients of bundle A.

Have you tried using the BundleContext of bundle A to load resources?

The getEntry(String) method on Bundle is intended for this purpose. You can use it to load any resource from any bundle. Also see the methods findEntries() and getEntryPaths() if you don't know the exact path to the resource inside the bundle.

There is no need to get hold of the bundle's classloader to do this.

Try with /; if you don't put /, the class loader will try to load the resource from the same bundle.

this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream( "/")