Fixing the 'Indirectly Referenced from Required .class Files' Error: A Comprehensive Guide

The 'Indirectly Referenced from Required .class Files' error is a common problem that arises while working with Java projects in Eclipse. This error occurs when your project is missing certain dependencies or has a mismatched version of required libraries. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of resolving this error step-by-step, ensuring that your project can build and run successfully.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the Error
  2. Identifying the Missing Dependency
  3. Adding the Missing Dependency
  4. Updating the Project's Build Path
  5. FAQs

Understanding the Error

The 'Indirectly Referenced from Required .class Files' error occurs when a class in your project depends on another class that is not available in your project's build path. This can happen when:

  • A required library or dependency is missing from your project.
  • There is a version mismatch between the project's dependencies and the required libraries.

To fix this error, you'll need to identify the missing dependency and add it to your project's build path.

Identifying the Missing Dependency

The first step in fixing the error is to identify the missing dependency. The error message will usually provide some hints about the missing class or library. For example, if the error message mentions a class from the Apache Commons library, you'll know that you need to add the Apache Commons library to your project.

You can also use the Eclipse Marketplace to search for third-party libraries that might be required by your project. Simply search for the missing class or package name, and the Marketplace will provide a list of matching libraries.

Adding the Missing Dependency

Once you've identified the missing dependency, you'll need to add it to your project. There are several ways to do this in Eclipse:

Download the JAR file: Download the JAR file for the missing library from its official website or a trusted source like the Maven Repository. Save the JAR file in your project's lib folder, or create one if it doesn't exist.

Use Maven or Gradle: If your project is using a build tool like Maven or Gradle, you can add the dependency to your project's pom.xml or build.gradle file. For example, to add the Apache Commons library, you would add the following dependency:

For Maven:


For Gradle:

implementation 'org.apache.commons:commons-lang3:3.12.0'

Updating the Project's Build Path

Once you've added the missing dependency, you'll need to update your project's build path to include the new library:

  1. Right-click on your project in the Package Explorer and select Build Path > Configure Build Path.
  2. In the Java Build Path dialog, switch to the Libraries tab.
  3. Click Add JARs or Add External JARs and select the JAR file you downloaded earlier. If you're using Maven or Gradle, this step is not necessary, as the build tool will automatically update the build path for you.
  4. Click Apply and Close to save your changes.

After updating the build path, the error should be resolved, and your project should build and run successfully.


1. How do I know which version of a library I need to add to my project?

You can usually find the required version in your project's documentation or by checking the source code for any @since or @version annotations. If you're still unsure, you can try using the latest version of the library, but be aware that this may introduce compatibility issues.

2. What should I do if adding the missing dependency doesn't fix the error?

If adding the missing dependency doesn't resolve the error, try the following:

  • Check if there are any other missing dependencies or version mismatches.
  • Update your project's build path to include all required libraries.
  • Clean and rebuild your project by selecting Project > Clean from the Eclipse menu.

3. Can I have multiple versions of the same library in my project?

Yes, you can have multiple versions of the same library in your project. However, this may cause conflicts and lead to unexpected behavior at runtime. It's generally better to use a single version of a library that meets the requirements of all your project's dependencies.

4. Why am I getting this error even though I have the required library in my project?

This error can occur if the required library is not correctly configured in your project's build path. Make sure that the library is added to the build path, and that the correct version is being used.

5. What is the difference between 'Add JARs' and 'Add External JARs' in Eclipse?

'Add JARs' allows you to add JAR files that are already present in your project's workspace, while 'Add External JARs' allows you to add JAR files from outside the workspace. If you've downloaded a JAR file and saved it in your project's lib folder, you can use 'Add JARs' to add it to your build path.

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