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Could not find the main class, program will exit

I made an executable jar with the command prompt in Windows 7 using the

jar cvfm MyJarName.jar manifest.txt *.class

which created the .jar file. But when I attempt to open it, I get a pop-up window that says

Could not find the main class: <ClassName>. Program will exit.

Yet, when I use

java -jar jarName.jar

in the command prompt, it works fine. What’s the deal? I want to be able to just double-click it.



Ha, I found what the problem was. I made my program using jdk1.7, but I had jre6 installed. I went and upgraded to jre7, and now it works fine 🙂


java -jar jarname.jar

line was working in the command prompt because my java path was set to the jdk folder.

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