WebStart (JNLP) Deployment

When you use the jMonkeyEngine SDK to deploy your application, you can configure the project to build files required for WebStart automatically. If you use another IDE, or work on the command line, use the following tips to set up WebStart correctly:

Problem Statement


When running under WebStart, jMonkeyEngine may not have permission to extract the native libraries to the current directory.

*Solution: *

You can instruct WebStart to load the native libraries itself using the JNLP file, and then instruct jME3 not to try to do so itself.

Simple way

You can import the LWJGL JNLP extension directly into your extension, however be aware that your application will break whenever they update their jars. Simply add this line to your JNLP:

<extension name="lwjgl" href="http://lwjgl.org/webstart/2.7.1/extension.jnlp" />

Reliable way

Native jars

You can download the LWJGL native jars from their site, or to ensure you’re using the exact same version as bundled with your jME3 release, make your own:

mkdir tmp
cd tmp
jar xfv ../jME3-lwjgl-natives.jar
cd native
for i in *; do
  cd $i
  jar cfv ../../native_$i.jar .
  cd ..

For Windows:

@echo off
md tmp
cd tmp
"%JDK_HOME%\bin\jar" -xfv ..\jME3-lwjgl-natives.jar
cd native
for /D %%i in ("*") do (
  cd %%i
  "%JDK_HOME%\bin\jar" -cfv ..\..\native_%%i%.jar .
  cd ..
cd ..

Remember to sign all the jar files and move them into the right place from the tmp directory.

JNLP file

Add the following to your JNLP file:

  <resources os="Windows">
    <j2se version="1.4+"/>
    <nativelib href="native_windows.jar"/>
  <resources os="Linux">
    <j2se version="1.4+"/>
    <nativelib href="native_linux.jar"/>
  <resources os="Mac OS X">
    <j2se version="1.4+"/>
    <nativelib href="native_macosx.jar"/>

Set low-permissions mode

In your main() method, if running under WebStart, tell jME3 it is running in a low-permission environment so that it doesn’t try to load the natives itself:

  public static void main(String[] args)
      if (System.getProperty("javawebstart.version") != null) {