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How to launch .jar file with OpenJDK?

asked 2013-11-21 07:20:44 -0500

Steven_0111 gravatar image

I am using Fedora 19, 64 bit with GNOME. I want to launch Minecraft and I have a 'minecraft.jar' file. I right-click, go to 'Properties', to 'Open With' but it doesn't show OpenJDK or Java. I've installed Java and OpenJDK (sudo yum install java*). I've set the program to execute as a program but I don't want to have to use the terminal everytime I have to run the .jar file.

Thank you!

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it was stuck for me at first but after little search : it's so easy ... just make sure you made the right path for your jdk from this link : then try to run app by openwith and type java -jar ... select bellow Remember application associate ...

HaDi gravatar imageHaDi ( 2017-04-19 15:01:16 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-11-21 09:29:46 -0500

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updated 2013-11-22 11:50:12 -0500

You can perhaps create a launcher and include the following as command for that launcher.

java -jar /path/to/minecraft.jar

Hope that helps.


If you want to change it, try the following -

Open your favorite text editor and add the following

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=java -jar %f
Name=Java Jar
Comment=Opening Jar files

Save this file as, say, javajar.desktop and place it in one of the following locations

  • ~/.local/share/applications
  • /usr/share/applications
  • /usr/local/share/applications

Now, open a terminal and type the following

echo "application/x-java-archive=javajar.desktop" >> ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list

This should let you open the java archive (jar) application correctly ...

Try this and post if you have problems

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WAIT , when I am doing this , I cant place anything to that folder (applications)

estelaguerre gravatar imageestelaguerre ( 2013-12-29 06:45:46 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-08-30 13:39:09 -0500

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updated 2014-08-30 13:45:09 -0500

Install CairoDock; it includes +launcher function. Before Gnome 3 a launcher was invoked by a right click on the desktop. Now we have a clean desktop. Cairo will provide a command line input box for /path/to/minecraft.jar as well as an icon select function. Once set up, just click on the icon in CairoDock and if the program runs in a terminal it will run from CairoDock. Lock the dock when you are happy with it or funny things may happen.

You may be able to use Gnome Advanced Settings to restore the built in launcher for the desktop but I get along well with Cairo.

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answered 2013-11-21 14:55:33 -0500

Steven_0111 gravatar image

updated 2013-11-21 15:01:07 -0500

I know that but I'd prefer not to do that instead I want to associate .jar files with OpenJDK. And I have already tried the "Open With" method.

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see my edited answer above.

nonamedotc gravatar imagenonamedotc ( 2013-11-22 11:49:45 -0500 )edit

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