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Generate an exe file?

Gurukant Desai
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Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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How to convert java programs to windows .exe files using eclipse?
How are the applications such as Azureus, limewire etc packaged into an exe installer?


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There are a number of programs that compile Java into a Windows exe.


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Campbell Ritchie
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I am not sure you either can or want to create .exe files.
What you do is to create an executable .jar file.
If I remember correctly, this is how you do it in Eclipse:
  • Right-click the name of the project in the left pane.
  • Click export
  • In the new window click the arrowhead near "Java" so expand the list.
  • Click ".JAR file"
  • Click "Next"
  • Enter a name for the .jar file
  • Click "next" twice.
  • Put the name of the class with the main method in the box.
  • Click finish.
  • Find the .jar file.
  • Copy a shortcut to it onto the Windows desktop.
  • If your file associations are set up properly, then you can run the application by double-clicking he desktop icon.
  • If you need to add other files to your classpath, search through this forum and find my earlier posts about adding to the classpath.
    Paul Clapham
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    Also, just because those applications use a Windows installer to get themselves loaded onto Windows machines, it doesn't follow that the result of the installation is a Windows exe file. If you want to get your application installed on other people's Windows machines, I definitely recommend using a Windows installer to do that. But I don't recommend using those applications that convert your application into a standalone exe file. They usually aren't necessary and often people seize upon them because they don't realize that they can use a standard Windows installer instead.
     
    I agree. Here's the link: http://aspose.com/file-tools
     
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