JDK Tools and Utilities

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General

Standard JDK Tools and Utilities

Experimental JDK Tools and Utilities

NOTE - The tools described in this section are unsupported and experimental in nature and should be used with that in mind. They might not be available in future JDK versions.

Troubleshooting Documentation


NOTE - Some tools have separate reference pages for Windows, Linux and Solaris to accommodate minor differences in configuration and usage -- for example, the character used to specify directory separators may be different.



General Information

The following documents contain important information you will need to know to get the most out of the JDK tools.

JDK File Structure [Solaris] [Linux] [Windows]
Setting the Classpath [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
How Classes are Found [Solaris, Linux and Windows]

Basic Tools

These tools are the foundation of the JDK. They are the tools you use to create and build applications.
Tool Name Brief Description Links to Reference Pages
javac The compiler for the Java programming language. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
java The launcher for Java applications. In this release, a single launcher is used both for development and deployment.
The old deployment launcher, jre, is no longer provided.
[Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
javadoc API documentation generator.
See Javadoc Tool page for doclet and taglet APIs.
[Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
apt Annotation processing tool.
See Annotation Processing Tool for program annotation processing.
[Solaris, Linux, and Windows]
appletviewer Run and debug applets without a web browser. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
jar Create and manage Java Archive (JAR) files.
See Java Archive Files page for the JAR specification.
[Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
jdb The Java Debugger.
See JPDA for the debugger architecture specifications.
[Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
javah C header and stub generator. Used to write native methods. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
javap Class file disassembler [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
extcheck Utility to detect Jar conflicts. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]

Security Tools

These security tools help you set security policies on your system and create apps that can work within the scope of security policies set at remote sites.
Tool Name Brief Description Links to Reference Pages
keytool Manage keystores and certificates. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
jarsigner Generate and verify JAR signatures. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
policytool GUI tool for managing policy files. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]

These security tools help you obtain, list, and manage Kerberos tickets.

Tool Name Brief Description Links to Reference Pages
kinit Tool for obtaining Kerberos v5 tickets. Equivalent functionality is available on the Solaris operating system via the kinit tool. For example, for Solaris 8, see the kinit reference page. [Windows]
klist Command-line tool to list entries in credential cache and key tab. Equivalent functionality is available on the Solaris operating system via the klist tool. For example, for Solaris 8, see the klist reference page. [Windows]
ktab Command-line tool to help the user manage entires in the key table. Equivalent functionality is available on the Solaris operating system via the kadmin tool. For example, for Solaris 8, see the kadmin reference page. [Windows]

Internationalization Tools

This tool helps to create localizable apps.
Tool Name Brief Description Links to Reference Pages
native2ascii Convert text to Unicode Latin-1. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]

Remote Method Invocation (RMI) Tools

These tools help to create apps that interact over the Web or other network.
Tool Name Brief Description Links to Reference Pages
rmic Generate stubs and skeletons for remote objects. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
rmiregistry Remote object registry service. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
rmid RMI activation system daemon. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]
serialver Return class serialVersionUID. [Solaris and Linux] [Windows]

Java IDL and RMI-IIOP Tools

These tools are used when creating applications that use OMG-standard IDL and CORBA/IIOP.
Tool Name Brief Description
tnameserv Provides access to the naming service.
idlj Generates .java files that map an OMG IDL interface and enable an application written in the Java programming language to use CORBA functionality.
orbd Provides support for clients to transparently locate and invoke persistent objects on servers in the CORBA environment. ORBD is used instead of the Transient Naming Service, tnameserv. ORBD includes both a Transient Naming Service and a Persistent Naming Service. The orbd tool incorporates the functionality of a Server Manager, an Interoperable Naming Service, and a Bootstrap Name Server. When used in conjunction with the servertool, the Server Manager locates, registers, and activates a server when a client wants to access the server.
servertool Provides ease-of-use interface for the application programmers to register, unregister, startup, and shutdown a server.

Java Deployment Tools

Utilities for use in conjunction with deployment of java applications and applets on the web.
Tool Name Brief Description
pack200 Transforms a JAR file into a compressed pack200 file using the Java gzip compressor. The compressed packed files are highly compressed JARs, which can be directly deployed, saving bandwidth and reducing download time.
unpack200 Transforms a packed file produced by pack200 into a JAR file.

Java Plug-in Tools

Utilities for use in conjunction with the Java Plug-in.
Tool Name Brief Description with Links to Reference Pages
htmlconverter Converts an HTML page (file) containing applets to the OBJECT / EMBED tag format for Java Plug-in.

Java Web Start Tools

Utilities for use in conjunction with Java Web Start.
Tool Name Brief Description
javaws Command line tool for launching Java Web Start and setting various options.
See Java Web Start Guide for more information.

Java Troubleshooting, Profiling, Monitoring and Management Tools

Tool Name Brief Description
jvisualvm

A graphical tool that provides detailed information about the Java technology-based applications (Java applications) while they are running in a Java Virtual Machine. Java VisualVM provides memory and CPU profiling, heap dump analysis, memory leak detection, access to MBeans, and garbage collection.See Java VisualVM for more information.

jconsole A JMX-compliant graphical tool for monitoring a Java virtual machine. It can monitor both local and remote JVMs. It can also monitor and manage an application.
See Monitoring and Management for the Java Platform for more information.

Java Web Services Tools

Tool Name Brief Description
schemagen Schema generator for Java Architecture for XML Binding.
wsgen Tool to generate JAX-WS portable artifacts.
wsimport Tool to generate JAX-WS portable artifacts.
xjc Binding compiler for Java Ardchitecture for XML Binding.

Monitoring Tools

You can use the following tools to monitor JVM performance statistics. The tools described in this section are unsupported and experimental, and should be used with that in mind. They may not be available in future JDK versions.

These tools are supported on all platforms except Windows 98 and Windows ME.

Tool Name Brief Description
jps Experimental: JVM Process Status Tool - Lists instrumented HotSpot Java virtual machines on a target system.
jstat Experimental: JVM Statistics Monitoring Tool - Attaches to an instrumented HotSpot Java virtual machine and collects and logs performance statistics as specified by the command line options.
jstatd Experimental: JVM jstat Daemon - Launches an RMI server application that monitors for the creation and termination of instrumented HotSpot Java virtual machines and provides a interface to allow remote monitoring tools to attach to Java virtual machines running on the local system.

Troubleshooting Tools

The following tools can be used for specific troubleshooting tasks. The tools described in this section are unsupported and experimental in nature and should be used with that in mind. They may not be available in future JDK versions.

Some of these tools are not currently available on Windows platforms.

Tool Name Brief Description
jinfo Experimental - Configuration Info for Java - Prints configuration information for a given process or core file or a remote debug server.
jhat Experimental - Heap Dump Browser - Starts a web server on a heap dump file (eg, produced by jmap -dump), allowing the heap to be browsed.
jmap Experimental - Memory Map for Java - Prints shared object memory maps or heap memory details of a given process or core file or a remote debug server.
jsadebugd Experimental - Serviceability Agent Debug Daemon for Java - Attaches to a process or core file and acts as a debug server.
jstack Experimental - Stack Trace for Java - Prints a stack trace of threads for a given process or core file or remote debug server.

Refer to the Java SE Troubleshooting web site for descriptions of tools, options, and other information to use in analyzing problems. The documents at this site contain suggestions about what to try before submitting a bug report and what data to collect for a report.


Scripting Tools

The following tool can be used to run scripts that interact with the Java platfrom. This tool is unsupported and experimental in nature and should be used with that in mind. It might not be available in future JDK versions.
Tool Name Brief Description
jrunscript Experimental - Script shell for Java - Runs a script.

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