IdeaJol Save

Intellij plugin that shows an object layout in memory to help optimize it. Uses OpenJDK JOL tool

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Java Object Layout (JOL) plugin for IntelliJ Idea

JOL (Java Object Layout) is the tool to analyze object layout schemes in JVMs. For example, in HotSpot VM on 64x processor an empty string takes 40 bytes i.e. 24 bytes for String object itself + 16 bytes for an internal empty char array.

The plugin is a GUI for JOL and allows you to make an estimate how much memory the object takes.

Set a cursor into a class name and then press Code / Show Object Layout and you'll see a right panel with layout info.


Thus, you can perform simplest but most efficient performance improvements. Just check your DTOs if they fit into 64 bytes of processor's cache line.

Only HotSpot VM is supported by JOL itself. The plugin supports only basic estimate of class layout in different VM modes i.e. the same as jol-cli estimates command. For more precise estimate use JOL library and estimate in run time on the real objects with GraphLayout:

import java.util.HashMap;

public class JolTest {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        HashMap<Object, Object> hashMap = new HashMap<>();
        hashMap.put("key", "value");

Output will be like:

java.util.HashMap@7a79be86d footprint:
     COUNT       AVG       SUM   DESCRIPTION
         2        24        48   [B
         1        80        80   [Ljava.util.HashMap$Node;
         2        24        48   java.lang.String
         1        48        48   java.util.HashMap
         1        32        32   java.util.HashMap$Node
         7                 256   (total)

So you can see the full size including inner objects.

NOTE: Your app most likely will use the HotSpot with 64-bit VM, compressed references mode.


  • Using IDE built-in plugin system:

    Settings/Preferences > Plugins > Marketplace > Search for "JOL" > Install Plugin

  • Manually:

    Download the latest release and install it manually using Settings/Preferences > Plugins > ⚙️ > Install plugin from disk...


The plugin provides an inspection to see most big classes. It's enabled by default. You can find the inspection by path Java | Memory | JOL: Class has too big memory footprint to configure or disable it.

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