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Tip: Running an Executable JAR File

See why executable JAR files are the easiest way to assemble Java code.


Executable JAR files are the easiest way to assemble Java code into a single file which can be executed. Assuming that you have an executable JAR file with pathname <jar-path>, you should be able to run the below line of code:

java -jar <jar-path>

If the command requires command-line arguments, you should place them after the <jar-path>. As an example:

java -jar <jar-path> argument1 argument2 argument3


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Octavia Andreea Anghel is a senior PHP developer currently working as a primary trainer for programming teams that participate at national and international software-development contests. She consults on developing educational projects at a national level. She is a coauthor of the book "XML Technologies--XML in Java" (Albastra, ISBN 978-973-650-210-1), for which she wrote the XML portions. In addition to PHP and XML, she's interested in software architecture, web services, UML, and high-performance unit tests.
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