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Whiskey in the jar - the java archive tool

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The jar command allows you to manipulate Java Archives (JAR, EAR, WAR). This post demonstrates some examples.

The latest reference. Remember setting the correct path of your JDK in JAVA_HOME environment variable.

List contents

List content template

jar tvf <java-archive>

Example: List contents of an (Enterprise Archive) ear file

C:\dev\src\appl\src\main\target> jar tvf appl.ear
     0 Wed Jul 29 12:54:18 CEST 2015 META-INF/
   153 Wed Jul 29 12:54:16 CEST 2015 META-INF/MANIFEST.MF
   543 Wed Jul 29 09:31:22 CEST 2015 META-INF/application.xml
 23593 Wed Jul 29 10:24:00 CEST 2015 ejb.jar
  3754 Wed Jul 29 10:24:00 CEST 2015 helloworld.war
     0 Wed Jul 29 12:54:18 CEST 2015 lib/
1599570 Wed Jul 29 10:02:30 CEST 2015 lib/axis.jar
 79796 Wed Jul 29 10:02:30 CEST 2015 lib/commons-discovery.jar
 61829 Wed Jul 29 10:02:30 CEST 2015 lib/commons-logging.jar

Extract files

Extract content/file template

jar xvf <java-archive> [<file>]

Example: Extract MANIFEST.MF

C:\dev\src\appl\src\main\target>jar xvf appl.ear META-INF/MANIFEST.MF
 inflated: META-INF/MANIFEST.MF

Create archive

Example Create java archive with option M = Does not create a manifest file entry.

C:\dev\src\appl\src\main\target> jar -cvfM appl.ear *

Update archive

The use case, patch the MANIFEST.MF and update it in the java archive. Example: Patch MANIFEST.MF file

C:\dev\src\appl\src\main\target> jar ufvm appl.ear META-INF/MANIFEST.MF