Running JAR file on Windows


I have a JAR file named helloworld.jar.
In order to run it, I’m executing the following command in a command-line window:

java -jar helloworld.jar

This works fine, but how do I execute it with double-click instead?
Do I need to install any software?


Easiest route is probably upgrading or re-installing the Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

Or this:

  • Open the Windows Explorer, from the Tools select ‘Folder Options…’
  • Click the File Types tab, scroll down and select JAR File type.
  • Press the Advanced button.
  • In the Edit File Type dialog box, select open in Actions box and click Edit…
  • Press the Browse button and navigate to the location the Java interpreter javaw.exe.
  • In the Application used to perform action field, needs to display something similar to C:Program FilesJavaj2re1.4.2_04binjavaw.exe" -jar "%1" % (Note: the part starting with ‘javaw’ must be exactly like that; the other part of the path name can vary depending on which version of Java you’re using) then press the OK buttons until all the dialogs are closed.

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