Visual Servoing Platform  version 3.3.0 under development (2020-02-17)
Tutorial: First java application with ViSP


We assume that you have already followed the previous tutorial Tutorial: Installing ViSP for Java.

This tutorial will guide you through the creation of a simple Java console application using ViSP library in Eclipse.

Create a new project

Open Eclipse and create a new Java project entering "File > New > Java Project" menu.


In the "New Java Project" dialog write the name of your project (let say visp-java-started). In JRE section, select the appropriate execution environment (JavaSE-11 if you install JDK 11, or JavaSE-13 if you install JDK 13). Then press "Finish" button.


In the "New" dialog that may appear, press "Don't Create" button.


Add a user library

If you followed Tutorial: Installing ViSP for Java, you should already have ViSP library set in your workspace’s user libraries; if not please check out Tutorial: Installing ViSP for Java. Now you should be ready to add ViSP library to your project. Inside Eclipse’s Package Explorer just right-click on your project’s folder and go to "Build Path > Add Libraries...".


Select "User Library" and click on "Next":


Check the checkbox of the ViSP library and press "Finish" button.


Create a simple application

Now add a new class to your project by right-clicking on your project’s folder and entering "New > Class" menu.


Write a class name like Started and press "Finish" button.


Now we are ready to write the code of our first application. Let’s start by importing the main classes part of core module (vpCameraParameters, vpColVector, vpImage, vpMatrix, vpRGBa). Then we load visp_java library. After we continue defining the main() method that shows how to manipulate ViSP classes in Java.

The code of the Started class also given in is the following:

import org.visp.core.VpCameraParameters;
import org.visp.core.VpColVector;
import org.visp.core.VpImageRGBa;
import org.visp.core.VpImageUChar;
import org.visp.core.VpMatrix;
import org.visp.core.VpRGBa;
public class Started {
static {
public static void main(String[] args) {
// VpMatrix
VpMatrix vp = new VpMatrix(2,3,1.5);
// VpColVector
VpColVector vpColVector = new VpColVector(10,1.5);
// VpImageUChar
VpImageUChar imageUChar = new VpImageUChar(2, 4, (byte)220);
// VpImageRGBa
VpImageRGBa colorImage = new VpImageRGBa(3, 5, new VpRGBa((char)255,(char)0,(char)0,(char)255));
// VpCameraParameters
VpCameraParameters vpCameraParameters = new VpCameraParameters(1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 1.0);

After a copy/paste you should have something similar to:


We can now try to build and run this application entering"Run > Run" menu. You should have the following output:


Known issues

Exception Unsupported Class Version Error

As shown in the next image, if you get the following issue on Ubuntu 18.04:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: org/visp/core/VpMatrix has been compiled by a more recent version of the Java Runtime (class file version 57.0), this version of the Java Runtime only recognizes class file versions up to 55.0

it means probably that you use JRE System Library 11 installed in /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.11.0-openjdk-amd64 while ViSP is build with a more recent java version obtained after downloading JDK 13 for example.

To fix this issue, as explained in Tutorial: Installing ViSP for Java install JDK 11 and do a fresh ViSP build using java 11.

Exception Unsatisfied Link Error

As shown in the next image, if you experience the following exception after entering "Run > Run" menu:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: no visp_java321 in java.library.path: [/home/fspindle/visp_ws/visp-build/lib]
  • check that visp-<version>.jar is present in $VISP_DIR/visp-build/bin:
    $ ls $VISP_DIR/visp-build/bin
    If this java archive is missing and if you follow Tutorial: Installing ViSP for Java it means that JDK was not detected during CMake configuration or that you didn't build ViSP
  • modify the following line to match ViSP version present in $VISP_DIR/visp-build/bin

Next tutorial

You are now ready to continue with Tutorial: AprilTag detection in java with ViSP.