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I'm trying to run a jar application under Ubuntu, so I installed OpenJDK Java 7 Runtime, but when I open this application I got this message :

The file '/home/aimad/Programms/jMerise/JMerise.jar' is not marked as executable. If this was downloaded or copied from an untrusted source, it may be dangerous to run. For more details, read about the executable bit.

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You can always run a jar file by doing java -jar JMerise.jar.

However, to make the jar file itself executable, you need to set the executable bit, as the message hints. chmod +x /home/aimad/Programms/jMerise/JMerise.jar will accomplish this.

After that you can do ./JMerise.jar to run it.

man chmod will provide you with information about how chmod works.

Also see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/ExecutableBit

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I've done as you mentioned but I still get "Permission denied"! –  user961627 Dec 3 '14 at 8:42
@user961627 And where is your question? ;) –  A.B. yesterday

Right click on the file, click on properties, then go to the Permissions tab, and check the box that says "Allow executing this file as a program".

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What about if I can't check that box above, to "allow executing file as a program"? I do check it, but a moment later it automatically gets unchecked! –  user961627 Dec 3 '14 at 8:37

First you'll need to make sure you have a suitable Java runtime environment on your system. Ubuntu has openjdk in the official repo which is 99.99% combatible with Oracle Java, to install it type:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

Next create a file called java-jar-launcher.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications and put the following contents in it:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Java Application Launcher
Exec=/usr/bin/java -jar %U

Next add the following line in ~/.local/share/applications/mimeapps.list:


Now you should be able to just double click jar files to launch them, if nothing happens then right click on a jar file, select properties then go to the "Open With" tab and there you should see "Java Application Launcher", select that.

This method is prefferable (IMHO) because this way you are not giving execute permissions to jar files which can be potentially dangerous. This method will only work in a graphical environment and needs the user to manually double click on the file.

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Aha, so 99.99%. :) –  A.B. yesterday

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