How to Perform “Autopsy” on OutOfMemoryError Application

Just several days ago, my application was down because of OutOfMemoryError, and I haven’t got a clue what the root cause is. That’s why I’m looking for a way on how to find the culprit when my application is down again. So im using this jvm parameter to dump all the object on memory when OutOfMemoryError happen.

-XX:+HeapDumpOnOutOfMemoryError -XX:HeapDumpPath=E:\ -Xmx10m -Xms10m

For example, im using this java class to simulate OutOfMemoryError,

package mybatistesting;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class MyBatisTesting {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        List list = new ArrayList();
        for (int i = 0; i < 10000000000l; i++) {
                System.out.println("adding -- "+i);

As you can see on your console log,

java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded
Dumping heap to E:\java_pid5812.hprof ...
Heap dump file created [15155736 bytes in 0.237 secs]

You can open java_pid5812.hprof using your preferable application, for example using Eclipse MAT or JProfiler.

eclipse mat

jprofiler 1

jprofiler 2

Have fun 😉

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