Hotspot Disassembler (Hsdis)

Building hsdis on Ubuntu and macOS

Newer versions of the JDK do not include binaries for the HotSpot Disassembler. This is required if you're looking to make use of some JMH profilers, such as the Linux perfasm profiler, or just want to review the assembly generated for a given Java application using -XX:+PrintAssembly or jitwatch. These instructions have been tested with the OpenJDK 16 GA release on Ubuntu 20.04 and macOS Big Sur.

Initial Prep

The initial prep varies by operating system

Ubuntu 20.04

First, ensure you have build essential tools installed.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install build-essential

macOS Big Sur

First, ensure you have xcode command line tools installed.

sudo xcode-select --install

If you don't already have wget installed, this can be installed with Homebrew

brew install wget

Building hsdis

Next, clone the JDK repo:

git clone

Next, move into the JDK source folder, and then checkout the JDK 16-ga tag:

cd jdk
git checkout jdk-16-ga

Next, move into the hsdis folder:

cd src/utils/hsdis

Next, get a copy of the GNU binutils from

tar xvf binutils-2.35.tar.gz

Finally, build hsdis:

make BINUTILS=binutils-2.35 ARCH=amd64

The remaining steps are going to vary by operating system. If you're making use of something like SDK Man, ensure that the correct JDK is set to current - given we're building hsdis for JDK 16, it'd need to be OpenJDK 16 (or equivalent from Azul etc.).

Installing hsdis to your JDK

Ubuntu 20.04

sudo cp build/linux-amd64/ $JAVA_HOME/lib/server

macOS Big Sur

sudo cp build/macosx-amd64/hsdis-amd64.dylib $JAVA_HOME/lib/server


OpenJDK Wiki: HotSpot PrintAssembly.

Change log

  • Added 10 March 2021
  • Updated 16 March 2021 for JDK 16
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