Photograph Library

My Photo Library is an application for people to store and tag photos on their local storage device. Enables the easy retrieval of photos using the search filter feature to search by tag and or date range.

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Creating an executable file with Launch4J and Java 11

How to build an executable file for a Java 11 GUI application using Launch4J

Before we look at the how we should ask why.  The aim is to package up our Java application so that we can distribute it to others. We want them to be able to launch the application without having to install anything else.

Therefore, we are looking to deliver our Java application along with the Java Runtime Environment and any external libraries required for it to run. To do this needs a few tools:

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JWT Decoder

Screen shot of the JWT Decoder Java desktop application.

A Java desktop application to decode JSON Web Tokens. Built using OpenJDK 11 and OpenJFX 11. The team members who built the application were Klaus Cepani, Jorid Spaha, Josh James and John McNeil.

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For those people who spend their time visiting people this application is perfect.  Rendezvous allows you to enter all your appointments.  As the appointment time approaches a text reminder is sent to the person you are visiting to remind them of the appointment.  The month, week, and day calendar views allow you to see upcoming appointments.

Screenshots of the Rendezvous appointment reminder Java desktop application.

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Screen display of Breakout4J a Java 8 and JavaFX application based on the Atari Breakout game.

Breakout4J is a JavaFX single-player game based on the old Atri games console game called Breakout.  This is the application that students build from the ground up as part of the online course “How to design and build your first real application in JavaFX”.

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Creating an MSI installer from a JavaFX 11 modular desktop application

This is a follow-on article for building Java desktop applications using OpenJDK11 and OpenJFX 11. See

In this article, we are, like the previous articles, going to build the whole application using the command line.

The software tools we will use in this article are:

  • OpenJDK 11
  • OpenJFX 11
  • OpenJFX 11 modules
  • JPackager
  • Wix Toolset 3.11

See the earlier article Making a Windows MSI from a Java 11 and JavaFX 11 Desktop application for more information about these tools

What is different here is firstly the application is going to take advantage of the modular system introduced in Java 9. Secondly, we are going to build a Java Runtime Environment that includes the JavaFX modules our application requires. We will then package up the Java application with the JRE however, this will leave us with a JRE for any other Java applications providing the modules they need are included in the JRE.

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