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 Jalview Executable JAR (.jar) (46.0MB)
SHA256: 0709113a1e7ea8d955fcb083543ed729c264075f9c0509d11c5e61f44572dc7e

Using the Executable JAR file

The Executable JAR file is an all-in-one Java library that contains the Jalview application and all of the supporting libraries that are needed to make it run.

Since it is only a Java library file, you will need a Java JVM to run Jalview using the executable JAR.

If you need to install a JVM please see the Installing on Unix Java 8 Required section for suggestions.

You can run the JAR with

java -jar jalview-all-

As JAR files should be already associated with the java binary often you might only need to double click on the JAR file in a file manager to open Jalview.


Whilst this is probably the easiest way to run Jalview on an exotic platform, there are some drawbacks to using the Executable JAR:

  • File associations for, e.g., sequence files will not be set to link with Jalview.
  • The JAR does not use Jalview’s launcher application which also checks for updates.

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