Kotlin: How to convert a Kotlin source file to a Java source file

Kotlin Programming

Question or issue of Kotlin Programming:

I have a Kotlin source file, but I want to translate it to Java.

How can I convert Kotlin to Java source?

How to solve this issue?

Solution no. 1:

As @Vadzim said, in IntelliJ or Android Studio, you just have to do the following to get java code from kotlin:

  1. Menu > Tools > Kotlin > Show Kotlin Bytecode
  2. Click on the Decompile button
  3. Copy the java code


With a recent version (1.2+) of the Kotlin plugin you also can directly do Menu > Tools > Kotlin -> Decompile Kotlin to Java.

Solution no. 2:

You can compile Kotlin to bytecode, then use a Java disassembler.

The decompiling may be done inside IntelliJ Idea, or using FernFlower https://github.com/fesh0r/fernflower (thanks @Jire)

There was no automated tool as I checked a couple months ago (and no plans for one AFAIK)

Solution no. 3:

you can go to Tools > Kotlin > Show kotlin bytecode

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Solution no. 4:

To convert a Kotlin source file to a Java source file you need to (when you in Android Studio):

  1. Press CmdShiftA on a Mac,
    or press CtrlShiftA on a Windows machine.

  2. Type the action you’re looking for: Kotlin Bytecode and choose Show Kotlin Bytecode from menu.

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  1. Press Decompile button on the top of Kotlin Bytecode panel.

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  1. Now you get a Decompiled Java file along with Kotlin file in a adjacent tab:

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Solution no. 5:

I compile Kotlin to byte code and then de-compile that to Java. I compile with the Kotlin compiler and de-compile with cfr.

My project is here.

This allows me to compile this:

package functionsiiiandiiilambdas.functions.p01tailiiirecursive tailrec fun findFixPoint(x: Double = 1.0): Double = if (x == Math.cos(x)) x else findFixPoint(Math.cos(x)) 

To this:

package functionsiiiandiiilambdas.functions.p01tailiiirecursive; public final class ExampleKt { public static final double findFixPoint(double x) { while (x != Math.cos(x)) { x = Math.cos(x); } return x; } public static /* bridge */ /* synthetic */ double findFixPoint$default( double d, int n, Object object) { if ((n & 1) != 0) { d = 1.0; } return ExampleKt.findFixPoint(d); } } 

Solution no. 6:

As @louis-cad mentioned “Kotlin source -> Java’s byte code -> Java source” is the only solution so far.

But I would like to mention the way, which I prefer: using Jadx decompiler for Android.

It allows to see the generates code for closures and, as for me, resulting code is “cleaner” then one from IntelliJ IDEA decompiler.

Normally when I need to see Java source code of any Kotlin class I do:

  • Generate apk: ./gradlew assembleDebug
  • Open apk using Jadx GUI: jadx-gui ./app/build/outputs/apk/debug/app-debug.apk

In this GUI basic IDE functionality works: class search, click to go declaration. etc.

Also all the source code could be saved and then viewed using other tools like IntelliJ IDEA.

Solution no. 7:

  1. open kotlin file in android studio
  2. go to tools -> kotlin ->kotlin bytecode
  3. in the new window that open beside your kotlin file , click the decompile button . it will create java equivalent of your kotlin file .

Solution no. 8:

Java and Kotlin runs on Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Converting a Kotlin file to Java file involves two steps i.e. compiling the Kotlin code to the JVM bytecode and then decompile the bytecode to the Java code.

Steps to convert your Kotlin source file to Java source file:

  1. Open your Kotlin project in the Android Studio.
  2. Then navigate to Tools -> Kotlin -> Show Kotlin Bytecode.

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  1. You will get the bytecode of your Kotin file.
  2. Now click on the Decompile button to get your Java code from the bytecode

Hope this helps!