Just this. I have an executable jar that I'd like to create a .app folder for. Mainly just because I'd like it to be pinnable to the dock.

Is there any easy way to do this?

Edit: Really what I'm looking for, is a mac shortcut. But apparently on the .app folders can be pinned to a dock.

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If you want an easy way without need of third-party apps:

  1. Launch AppleScript editor
  2. Write the following:

    --do shell script "java -jar /Contents/execute.jar"

I commented that line out because we have yet to put the jar there. Save as application. Now Right click on produces .app file -> Show Package Contents, go to Contents and drag the .jar file there. Now go to Resources -> Scripts -> main.scpt and open that. Now remove the double dash (--), compile and save.

If it doesn't launch, try executing in terminal chmod 777 <path to jar file> simply drag the jar into Terminal.

  • Someone please dit my question. do shell script didn't want to go to code blocks after quadruple space
    – John K
    Jun 15, 2015 at 10:41
  • Question: how do I do this from the terminal?
    – thouliha
    Jun 15, 2015 at 12:39
  • You launch the jar from terminal by writing java -jar /path/to/jar.jar. However this answer covers launching it as an app. Basically, making a script that executes shell that launches jar inside the app bundle.
    – John K
    Jun 15, 2015 at 12:43
  • No I mean, how do I run this applescript from the terminal?
    – thouliha
    Jun 15, 2015 at 12:46
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    Keep in mind that you need the Java JDK installed for this to work. I tried to run it in the command line and was prompted to install it.
    – Hendeca
    Jul 23, 2019 at 15:33

How about Platypus?! It can pack "all" kinds of things, jar, py, script etc download from http://sveinbjorn.org/platypus, its GUI is relatively easy to follow. enter image description here

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    – fsb
    Dec 29, 2016 at 21:35

Do you have access to the source? If so, you can try the appbundler.


Or the Jar Bundler: https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Java/Conceptual/Java14Development/03-JavaDeployment/JavaDeployment.html

  • Thejar bundler was for Java 6 and earlier and is not,available now
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:00
  • Yep, this is unusable for me.
    – thouliha
    Jun 15, 2015 at 12:56

Take a look at Packr. I think it does exactly what you need https://github.com/libgdx/packr.

  • Note this also adds the ire to the bundle - which might or might not be wanted
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 15, 2015 at 14:30

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