Java – An instance of an abstract class with a hidden constructor

An instance of an abstract class with a hidden constructor… here is a solution to the problem.

An instance of an abstract class with a hidden constructor

I need to create an instance of an abstract class with a hidden constructor, which looks like this:

public abstract class TestClass {
    * @hide
    public TestClass() {

Creating a concrete class doesn’t work because the constructor

isn’t visible, and calling the constructor through the reflection API doesn’t work because the class is abstract.

I need to create an instance of android.print.PrintDocumentAdapter.LayoutResultCallback


I’m having the exact same problem (even for the exact same class) and I have a better solution than the one suggested in the answer to replace android.jar with framework.jar.

The solution uses dexmaker library . (You will need dexmaker.1.4.jar and dexmaker-dx.1.4.jar.) This is a library that generates bytecode at runtime for the Dalvik VM (a VM used in android).

This library has a class called ProxyBuilder, which generates a proxy for abstract classes. A proxy is an object that extends an abstract class and implements methods by dispatching them to the java.lang.reflect.InvocationHandler instance that you specify.

ProxyBuilder is almost identical to java.lang.refect.Proxy,

except that java.lang.refect.Proxy applies only to interfaces, while dexmaker’s ProxyBuilder applies to abstract classes. This is exactly what we need to solve the problem.

The code is all :

public static PrintDocumentAdapter.LayoutResultCallback getLayoutResultCallback(InvocationHandler invocationHandler,
                                                                                File dexCacheDir) throws  IOException{
    return ProxyBuilder.forClass(PrintDocumentAdapter.LayoutResultCallback.class)

The callback logic is implemented in the invocationHandler that you provide.
cacheDir is a directory where dexmaker can store some files.

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