Introducing the Jar Inspector!



Jar Inspector is an easy to use yet powerful jar file editor. It allows you to effortlessly view, edit and decompile the contents of jar files.

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Integrated in your development tool chain you no longer need to rebuild entire jar files when editing configuration files, manifests etc.. instead the Jar Inspector allows you to make changes on the fly. This is extremely useful for Java (J2EE), OSGi or XUL development.


Jar Inspector comes with its own text editor. It also integrates with a variety of external editors. Hence you can use your favorite editor to edit jar file entries. Smultron, TextMate, BBEdit, TextWrangler and SubEthaEdit are supported at the minute.

Jar Inspector implements the ODB editor suite. Thus any program supporting this protocol can use Jar Inspector as external editor. In combination with applications like Cyberduck and Transmit you can access e.g. your web applications via ftp, edit configurations or debug jar files without manually up- and downloading any jar, war, ear files.

Download your copy here.

Feature List
  • jar file viewer
  • integrated editor
  • syntax highlighting
  • java decompiler
  • file extraction
  • similarity search
  • ODB client support
  • external editor support*
  • universal binary

*(Smultron, TextMate, BBEdit, TextWrangler, SubEthaEdit)

License and Disclaimer

This program is free software.

Although the Jar Inspector has been tested thoroughly and I am confident that it will function without data loss, you are reminded to use this software at your own risk and without warranty. Always backup your critical data.

IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR OF THIS SOFTWARE, C. GERDES, MUNICH, GERMANY, BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE, REPRODUCTION, MODIFICATION AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF THIS SOFTWARE, HOWEVER CAUSED AND WHETHER UNDER THEORY OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Redistribution of the JarInspector is permitted only if the application and its documentation in its entirety, unaltered, is included. This software may not be redistributed as part of another package for which there is a charge. When quoting material from this site, please include appropriate credit.