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JarBundler for Mac

By Will Gilbert Free

Developer's Description

How many times has this happened to you? You've written a little Java utility, or maybe even a more complex application, and you want to create Mac OS X application bundle for easy distribution. You'd like to be able to do it automatically from your build process, but you're forced to go run the Apple Jar Bundler and tweak all the settings manually every time you build.

Well no more! JarBundler is a feature-rich ant task which will create a Mac OS X application bundle from a list of Jar files and a main class name. You can add an Icon resource, set various Mac OS X native look-and-feel bells and whistles, and maintain your application bundles as part of your normal build and release cycle.

This is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License. The usage page HTML is included or can found on-line here

Based on JarBundler 1.4 copyrighted by Seth J. Morabito, Loom Communications

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.0

  • Added the optional 'splashfile' attribute to JarBundler task.
    Thanks to Angelo van der Sijpt for this addition.
  • When run under any Window OS, the file separator for included libraries is written with a backslash, '\', instead of a forward slash, '/'.
    Thanks to Anthony Goubard for this fix.
  • Version 2.0.0 isn't a major release, but the license as changed to the more flexible Apache Software License v2.0 (ASLv2). This allows the JarBundler ANT task to be bundled into other packages whose licensing does not conform with the GPL.
  • Removed the dependency on the Xerxes API when writing the info.plist file. We lost the indenting but can look into this later.
    Thanks to Christian Menz for providing this modification to the source code.
  • ANT commands and shell script for creating a Disk Image. (Mac OS X only)
    Thanks to Philip Weaver for providing these. See "Creating a Disk Image"


Release August 26, 2008
Date Added July 9, 2008
Version 2.0.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.0, Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.1
Additional Requirements Developer tools must have been installed or ANT installed manually. This ANT task can be used on Windows and Linux, see web page for details.


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