How to Configure Chrome to Open JNLP Files

By Alan Sembera

JNLP files are often called Web Launch files.
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Running a Java application from a website can be difficult when using Google's Chrome browser. Instead of launching the app like other browsers, Chrome saves the app's launch file to your computer. If you want you Java applications to run automatically from Chrome, you must reconfigure the browser so it launches Java whenever you select a link to a file with a JNLP extension.

Launch Chrome and navigate to a website containing a link to a JNLP file.

Click the link to download the file. The filename will appear at the bottom of the browser window.

Click the arrow next to the filename, and then select "Always Open Files of This Type."

Select "Java Web Start Launcher" if Chrome asks which program you want to use to open the file. You must have Java installed on your computer before you can associate a JNLP file with the Java Web Start Launcher.