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OpenWebStart is a free framework to run and manage JNLP-based Java applications.[1]

Oracle's discontinuation of Java Web Start left JNLP users looking for an alternative in the Java ecosystem.[2] The OpenWebStart project was started with the goal to provide ongoing support for Java Web Start-based application for users of Java 11 and newer.[3]

OpenWebStart implements the JNLP standard defined in JSR-56.[4] Its JNLP functionality is based on IcedTea-Web, which was donated by Red Hat to the AdoptOpenJDK community. Development is now being continued by Red Hat and Karakun AG.[5]

OpenWebStart is open source and can be downloaded for free from Karakun AG's website.[6]


  1. "OpenWebStart". OpenWebStart. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  2. "Java Client Roadmap Update" (PDF). Oracle.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Java Web Start is dead, long live Java Web Start!". JAXenter. 2019-08-12. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  5. hendrik (2019-12-10). "How open source saved WebStart". GuiGarage. Retrieved 2020-07-20.

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