Now I have multiple jdk installed on OSX as shown below:

└─[1] <> /usr/libexec/java_home -V
Matching Java Virtual Machines (2):
    14.0.1, x86_64: "Java SE 14.0.1"    /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-14.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home
    1.8.0_241, x86_64:  "Java SE 8" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_241.jdk/Contents/Home


Then I want to double click to run a jar file directly, for instance this:

jar file

However, it warns me that this jar file is launched with JDK 14 but I want to launch it with JDK 1.8.
A solution is that run it in terminal with "java -jar" in specified jdk path,but clearly it is not elegant.
The best way is to let "Jar Launcher" use specified jdk version ,but I don't know how.
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1 Answer 1


After long time efforts,I finally find the solution,that is ,to make your own Jar Launcher app:

  1. Launch Automator to make Automator Quick Action

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  2. Select Application
  3. Look for the Run Shell Script action with Filter Finder Items and add it to the right.
  4. paste scripts here like this below:

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export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8`
cd "$(dirname "$@")" 
java -jar "$@" 
  1. save this quick action as an app for example "open jar.app"

  2. go to /System/Library/CoreServices/Jar Launcher.app/Contents/Resources and copy JarLauncher.icns enter image description here

  3. cd to "open jar.app" you just made and paste JarLauncher.icns to "open jar.app/Contents/Resources"
  4. edit "open jar.app/Contents/Info.plist" and change key(AutomatorApplet to JarLauncher.icns):

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  1. now you can choose to open with "open jar.app" just like before. enter image description here

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