Start a java program without the console

I am trying to use this GUI mod for a Minecraft Server. I wrote a batch file so the server can start with more RAM. When I run just the .jar file, no command window opens and it runs just fine (of course with about 256mb ram) I was reading online that javaw starts a jar file without a command-line-console. But when I use javaw, the command console opens, but when I close it the program remains open. this is my batch file:

@echo off 
"%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe" -jar -Xms1024m -Xmx1024m crafty.jar 
@echo on

I don't understand java as well as most, so please try to be as clear as possible. Thanks


If you want to start a java program without console popup under windows, this should be helpful: In command prompt type the following:

start javaw -jar -Xms1024m -Xmx1024m crafty.jar

If you want you can also write this as a batch file.

  • You should Create Shortcut of "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe", let's name it as Minecraft, then
  • edit the Properties of Minecraft shortcut. In the Target textbox, append -jar -Xms1024m -Xmx1024m crafty.jar in the end of javaw.exe
  • change the Start in as the folder which contains the crafty.jar

Double-click the Minecraft icon to star the server.

That's all.

Create a .bat file with

start javaw -jar yourjar.jar arg0 arg1

start javaw -jar yourjar.jar arg0 arg1

will open the console, but close immediately. it is different from running window .exe.

You will always get the command window opening and closing because you are starting it inside a command window or batch script (which launches an implicit command window to run itself). In order not to get a command window you must open the file from "not a command window" i.e. an executable launcher.

Take a look at Launch4j which can run a java program from an exe. It can also hide-away the jar file inside the exe if you like.

There's a little YouTube clip showing them creating an exe from a jar.

A batch file is a way of starting the command prompt with the code pre-written, using javaw is a way of open then closing the prompt. Like I said a batch is a commands prompt you can't stop it from opening.

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