Latest news9. April 2020:
We just released OpenWebStart 1.1.7. This release adds support for tar.gz archives and sub-directories in archives of JVMs. See the release notes on github for further details.
Java Web Start is dead. Long live Java Web Start!
Java Web Start (JWS) was deprecated in Java 9, and starting with Java 11, Oracle removed JWS from their JDK distributions. This means that clients that have the latest version of Java installed can no longer use JWS-based applications. And since public support of Java 8 has ended in Q2/2019, companies no longer get any updates and security fixes for Java Web Start.
This is why we decided to create OpenWebStart, an open source reimplementation of the Java Web Start technology. Our replacement provides the most commonly used features of Java Web Start and the JNLP standard, so that your customers can continue using applications based on Java Web Start and JNLP without any change.
The main focus of OpenWebStart is the execution of JNLP-based applications. Additionally, the tool contains four modules that simplify your Web Start workflows and let you configure OpenWebStart to suit your needs:
- The App Manager manages the versions of any JNLP-based application that is executed by OpenWebStart.
- The JVM Manager manages Java versions and Java updates on the client.
- The Control Panel provides a graphical user interface to configure OpenWebStart.
- The Updater downloads and installs new versions of OpenWebStart.
You’re a developer and want to take a closer look at our source repo? Visit our GitHub and let us know what you think.
Support the OpenWebStart project
Java and your operating system get updates, and so does OpenWebStart. Thanks to the support of our awesome sponsors, OpenWebStart will be updated and further developed as long as needed.
You can of course use OpenWebStart as an open source solution free of charge but we‘d also like to talk to you about support options to guarantee the lasting development.
Talk to us about your individual support package at OpenWebStart@karakun.com.
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