How to use reflection to call a private method from outside a java class without getting IllegalAccessException?

use setAccessible(true) on your Method object before using its invoke method.

import java.lang.reflect.*;
class Dummy{
    private void foo(){
        System.out.println("hello foo()");

class Test{
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Dummy d = new Dummy();
        Method m = Dummy.class.getDeclaredMethod("foo");
        //m.invoke(d);// throws java.lang.IllegalAccessException
        m.setAccessible(true);// Abracadabra 
        m.invoke(d);// now its OK

If someone is interested in invoking methods with parameters see How do I invoke a Java method when given the method name as a string?, specifically answer like

Just don’t forget to add setAccessible(true) while invoking private methods.

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