I am making a email sending application in android phone. For that I included two jar file activation. jar and mail.jar. But when I run this application and try to send the mail, I got following error on LogCat.

java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javax.activation.DataHandler 

I am new to android. so I am not able to figure out this issue. please Help me. Thanks

Solution 1

There is an Android-friendly port of javamail which you should be using. There are three libraries that you need to include in your app: mail.jar, activation.jar, and additionnal.jar(sic). It looks like you are missing something that the activation library depends on, and this could be because you are not using the Android port of this library.

I have used the Android-friendly version of javamail successfully in a project, and it works really well.

Solution 2

The JavaMail API Reference Implementation version 1.5.5 and later have built in support for Android and include support for OAuth2.

Per the documentation:

Android does not provide a Java Compatible runtime and so can't run the standard JavaMail distribution. Instead, a special version of JavaMail is available for Android. This special version of JavaMail depends on a special version of the JavaBeans Activation Framework.

You can try out this version by adding the following to your build.gradle file for your Android application:

 android {
     packagingOptions {
         pickFirst 'META-INF/LICENSE.txt' // picks the JavaMail license file

 repositories { 
     maven {
         url "https://maven.java.net/content/groups/public/"

 dependencies {
     compile 'com.sun.mail:android-mail:1.5.5'
     compile 'com.sun.mail:android-activation:1.5.5'

Starting with JavaMail 1.6.0:

JavaMail for Android requires at least Android API level 19, which corresponds to Android KitKat, currently the oldest supported version of Android.

Solution 3

If you are Build an E-mail sender java AWT app or Android App you need to use 3 jar files:

  • activation.jar (which contain classes like Mime.class)
  • javax_mail.jar (which contain classes like like Session.class)
  • additional.jar (which contain awt files)

Link : https://code.google.com/archive/p/javamail-android/downloads

I am commenting on this stuff because I struggled too hard with this java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError.javax.activation.DataHandler while creating my java mail_sender app, and then I found that I missed to add additional jar file.