LKBEN11206: How to run a java application from a jar?


You need to run a java application from a jar file on the command line.


Sometimes you get a jar...


When the jar has a manifest file in it (which is normal) you can just run it like this:

java -jar MyClass.jar

This will run the java application.

A manifest looks like this:

Manifest-Version: 1.0
Main-Class: myPaket.MyClass
Class-Path: .

You can even rename the jar file because the manifest includes the needed information for the start of the application.


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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.