This little library defines CaptureJavadoc annotation that causes Java compiler to record Javadoc in resoures files (if your class is org.acme.Foo the javadoc will be in org/acme/Foo.javadoc. These files can be then read at runtime.

package org.acme;

import org.kohsuke.CaptureJavadoc;

class Foo {

  public URL getMyJavadoc() {
    return getClass().getResource("Foo.javadoc");

The annotation processing depends on JSR-269, so it requires Java6 or later.