Running a windows application from Java App

Posted on 2001-06-06
Last Modified: 2010-03-31

I'm messing about with Swing for the first time and I'd like to create a Desktop toolbar.  How can I tie a button to a Command String like "C:\Notepad.exe" ??  Don't worry about the button side of the code ... I'd just like to find out how I can get a Java app to invoke such a call on the Operating System.

Any ideas are warmly welcomed !!

Question by:robertod031297
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It returns a Process object which can then use to do such things as:
- check on the process status
- get input/output stream
- kill it

Pls refer to the javadoc :)

Let me know if you need any more info.


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That's just what I was after ...
Thanks Objects (??interesting name??),

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public class AppRunner {
     public static void main(String[] args) {
          String app = "notepad";
    try {
         Process process = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(app);
    } catch(Exception e) {}
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> Thanks Objects (??interesting name??),

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