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launching GUI through an icon

Bhargo Dev Arya

Joined: Jun 29, 2011
Posts: 8

Hi everyone...

I have created a swings application in JAVA
I want this application to be launched by clicking on an icon.
Now any java program should work where ever we have the JRE and the JDK, so how can I create an icon so that when I click on the icon the GUI comes on screen in windows os?
Is creating a jar an answer to this...if yes then please explain how?if not then please tell me how it can be done...

Stephan van Hulst

Joined: Sep 20, 2010
Posts: 4200

Just create an executable Jar, and create a shortcut to your Jar. You can set an image for your shortcut.

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Roberto Perillo

Joined: Dec 28, 2007
Posts: 2270

Just to complement what my good buddy Stephan just said, in your executable JAR file, you'll have to indicate the Main-Class in your MANIFEST.MF file (the Main-Class is the fully-qualified name of the class that has the main method, that is, the class that launches your application).

You can find more about the MANIFEST.MF file here and more about the jar command here.

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