Some uses of ProGuard are:
- Creating more compact code, for smaller code archives, faster transfer across networks, faster loading, and smaller memory footprints.
- Making programs and libraries harder to reverse-engineer.
- Listing dead code, so it can be removed from the source code.
- Retargeting and preverifying existing class files for Java 6, to take full advantage of Java 6’s faster class loading.
ProGuard‘s main advantage compared to other Java obfuscators is probably its compact template-based configuration. A few intuitive command line options or a simple configuration file are usually sufficient. For instance, the following configuration option preserves all applets in a jar: