What causes java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException

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I have somewhere in my code this:

 try{
 ..
 m.invoke(testObject);
 ..
 } catch(AssertionError e){
 ...
 } catch(Exception e){
 ..
 }

Thing is that, when it tries to invoke some method it throws InvocationTargetException instead of some other expected exception (specifically ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException). As I actually know what method is invoked I went straight to this method code and added a try-catch block for the line that suppose to throw ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException and it really threw ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException as expected. Yet when going up it somehow changes to InvocationTargetException and in the code above catch(Exception e) e is InvocationTargetException and not ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException as expected.

What could cause such a behavior or how can I check such a thing?

Jun 19, 2018 in Java by developer_1
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The exception is thrown if

InvocationTargetException - if the underlying method throws an exception.

So if the method, that has been invoked with reflection API, throws an exception (runtime exception for example), the reflection API will wrap the exception into an InvocationTargetException.

answered Jun 19, 2018 by Rishabh
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