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convert class files to executable files

 
Anonymous
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We have made a InstantMessenger in Java using RMI & Core Java(Frames) . This code is working in Local network successsfully. But we want to make an executable file of this code, which user can download from the internet and can install the same on his machine.
Can someone help us to make java class files to executable files.
 
Michael Ernest
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Dipesh -
I'm going to move this over to Advanced, since the RMI/CORBA part doesn't relate to the solution you want.
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Gregg Bolinger
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This is a common question here at the Java Ranch. If you do a search for this question, you will find a lot of posts from the past.
Here are some things I learned though.
There are 3rd party apps that will convert your CLASS files into an EXE, but they are really expensive.
The best thing to do is JAR up your file, use a program like INSTALL SHIELD and create a batch that runs the JAR file and then INSTALL SHIELD will package that into an EXE installer that will place your JAR file and your BAT file in the appropriate locations. Your Batch file should create the class path.

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Valentin Crettaz
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As Gregg mentioned, there are several commercial tools which do that but they are expensive. You may want to try Java2exe. You have to pay for it, all functionalities are there but there is some kind of popup frame that appear as long as you don't register... I tried it and it works fine.
The solution given by Gregg is fine too, and IMO more elegant!
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