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get current web application path in java

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public String getPath() throws UnsupportedEncodingException {
		String path = this.getClass().getClassLoader().getResource("").getPath();
		String fullPath = URLDecoder.decode(path, "UTF-8");
		String pathArr[] = fullPath.split("/WEB-INF/classes/");
		fullPath = pathArr[0];
		String reponsePath = "";
// to read a file from webcontent
		reponsePath = new File(fullPath).getPath() + File.separatorChar + "newfile.txt";
		return reponsePath;

This is a code snippet to retrieve the path of the current running web application project in java