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jSonde allows you to generate sequence diagrams directly from your application runtime! This gives you a lot of advantages:

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jSonde allows you to analyze existing Java applications.

It can generate sequence diagrams, measure performance (both cpu and memory) and build different reports, like jar dependencies and others.

jSonde doesn't require any specific knowledge for using it and supports various operation systems and Java environments.

jSonde consists of two main components:

Attaching jSonde agent to java applications

There're two main ways to attach jSonde agent to java applications - you can either specify additional parameters to java command or you can attach the agent dynamically without even restarting your application.

Attaching agent dynamically

This is the simplest way to attach jSonde agent to your application

Select "File" \ "Attach to Sun JVM" menu item, and you'll see the dialog like shown below: Attach to JVM

In this dialog there's a list of all java applications running on your computer Other fields in this dialog will be explained in the other chapter of this manual

WARNING if you start jSonde using 32bit Java you will be able to attach only to 32 bit Java processes and similar for 64bit

Attaching agent using command line parameters

Let's assume that you execute your java application using following command

java -jar app.jar

In order to execute this application with jSonde agent, you need to add new parameters like shown below:

java -javaagent:/lib/jsonde.agent-1.1.0.jar=60001 -jar app.jar

By no means you can use jSonde to analyze not only J2SE applications. You can find a few examples of using jSonde with Tomcat, JBoss and other environments below.

Apache Tomcat

Microsoft Windows

File: %TOMCAT_HOME%\bin\catalina.bat

Add the following line:

set JAVA_OPTS=-javaagent:/lib/jsonde.agent-1.1.0.jar=60001 %JAVA_OPTS%

If you use the windows service or system tray startup use the following parameters instead:


GNU/Linux & Mac OS X

File: $TOMCAT_HOME/bin/catalina.sh

Add the following line:

JAVA_OPTS="-javaagent:/lib/jsonde.agent-1.1.0.jar=60001 $JAVA_OPTS"


Microsoft Windows

File: %JBOSS_HOME%\bin\run.bat

Add the following line:

set JAVA_OPTS=-javaagent:/lib/jsonde.agent-1.1.0.jar=60001 %JAVA_OPTS%

GNU/Linux & Mac OS X

File: $JBOSS_HOME/bin/run.sh

Add the following line:

JAVA_OPTS="-javaagent:/lib/jsonde.agent-1.1.0.jar=60001 $JAVA_OPTS"

Other Application Servers

Just check your application server configuration for the place, where you should specify jvm parameters

Hint: this is the same place where you should specify memory options -Xms & -Xmx

Using jSonde with applets

You can analyze applets running inside a browser with Java Plugin installed.

Please add the following option in "Java(TM) Plug-in Control Panel", on the "Advanced" tab, in the field "Java Runtime Parameters":


On Windows, "Java(TM) Plug-in Control Panel" is accessible from the Windows "Control Panel"

Important: If the browser is running, you must restart it after you have made the changes.

You can also analyze applets started with appletviewer command by passing -J-javaagent:/lib/jsonde.agent-1.1.0.jar=60001 as a command line parameter.

Connecting to jSonde agent specified by command line parameters

After you've added jSonde agent to java parameters and started your application, you'll se the following message in output:

jSonde agent started

Now you need to start jSonde GUI and select "File" \ "New Project" menu item

After that you'll see a dialog like shown below. It's pretty similar to one, we've described in chapter "Attaching agent dynamically" above. Hence the meaning of the similar fields in these two dialogs is the same

New Project

|Project name|The name of your project. It will be used for creating jSonde project files| |Project files location|Specifies a folder for storing jSonde project files. Each project consists of several files with the same name but different extensions| |Agent host|The IP address of the computer where jSonde agent is running. Value "" is fine if you're executing jSonde GUI and jSonde agent on the same computer| |Agent port| TCP port for communicating between jSonde agent and GUI| |Filters|Allows you to specify filters for analyze. See chapter below|

Filtering in jSonde

jSonde allows you to specify filters in order to analyze only specified list of classes

It will allow you to analyze only your own classes and also improves performance

Let's assume that your classes are all located in package "com.mycompany"

In this case first of all we need to exclude all classes and after that include classes from "com.mycompany" package: Exclude ""; Include "com.mycompany."

Now click on "Connect" button as that's it - you're ready to start working with jSonde

Using jSonde to analyze applications

You can use main menu or accordion pane on the left for opening different views: sequence diagrams, reports, profiling and so on

Viewing sequence diagrams

Select "Sequence Diagrams" pane and you'll see a tree with classes of your applications. The leaves of this tree are "root" method calls discovered by jSonde agent.

"root" method call is the first method invocation inside the specified classes scope (see section about filters above)

If you double click on the selected method, a new tab with sequence diagram will be opened in the workspace

You can use buttons in toolbar for tuning the diagram view; mouse drag is also supported for scrolling the diagram

Sequence Diagram

Viewing reports

Select "Reports" pane in order to view the list of available reports. They're also accessible through main menu

Dependency report

This report allows you to browse the dependencies of code sources (.jar files for example) inside your project

Sometimes it can be very useful to find missing or redundant dependency

Dependency Report

Top Code Sources by Execution Time report

This report shows the top code sources by execution time.

It allows you to find the most "slow" or rather most "used" method grouped by jar files Top Code Sources

Top Methods throwing exception

This report shows you the top method throwing any exceptions

If a method throws an exception a lot of time, it could be a good idea to review it's interface Top Method Throwing Exception

jSonde Profiler

jSonde supports both cpu and memory profiling, and allows you to find most executed methods, most created objects and so on

Click on "Profiler" in accordion panel on the left, and select appropriate profiling view

CPU Profiler

CPU profiler shows you method invocation counters and total execution time of the methods

For convenient browsing, this data is shown as a tree CPU Profiler

Heap analyzer

Heap analyzer allows you to browse the snapshot of java memory heap and analyze what objects are created most often, what objects consume the largest amount of memory and other values Heap Analyzer


jSonde is built using JDK 1.5+ and Maven 3+ - just checkout the project and type mvn install

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