I have written a Selenium Webdriver Java (in Eclipse) automation test Script which I run in the Chrome Browser. The script depends on a chromedriver.exe which I have added in my project dependency folder.

I am able to add the dependent .jar files in runnable jar but not .exe files. Is there any way to export a single runnable jar which also includes the chromedriver.exe file.

  • have you tried exporting your project?
    – Yu Zhang
    Nov 7, 2016 at 19:52
  • Yes. I able to export the project and the dependent jar files as a single runnable jar. But the Chromedriver.exe is not included in the runnable jar.
    – Alok
    Nov 8, 2016 at 1:40

1 Answer 1


That is actually a sort of bad practice to distribute WebDriver.exe within your java program, since it will stale after the browser will get updated. You also won't be able to run the exe file straight from the jar file. However if you have no options I can suggest the following way:

  1. Put your exe file to resources folder
  2. Within the code implement copying the file from resources to some place in the file system.
  3. Execute that file from the code
  4. Build jar (exe file will be placed as a resource to your jar)

Below is a simple example on how you can achieve points 2 and 3:

import java.io.*;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.Scanner;

public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws InterruptedException, IOException {

        // Copy file from resources to file system (path taken from the command line argument)

        InputStream is = Main.class.getResourceAsStream("phantomjs.exe");
        File exeFile = new File(args[0]);
        FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream(exeFile);
        byte bytes[] = new byte[1000];
        int k = 0;
        while((k = is.read(bytes)) != -1){
            fos.write(bytes, 0, k);
        fos.close(); // Do not forget to close the outputstream, otherwise your code will be holding the file and it won't be possible to execute it

        // Below is just an example on how you can execute the file after copying
        List<String> commands = new ArrayList<String>();    //
        commands.add(args[0]);                              //  Start file with argument
        commands.add("--help");                             //
        Process p = new ProcessBuilder().command(commands).start();
        InputStream i = p.getInputStream();         //
        Scanner scanner = new Scanner(i);           //
        while (scanner.hasNextLine()){              //  Print the output of the file
            System.out.println(scanner.nextLine()); //
        }                                           //


In this example we have our phantomjs.exe file in resource folder. We also take the destination for the file copying from command line arguments. So the way how to execute the jar will look like:

java -jar mysuper.jar c:/Temp/pjs.exe
  • Hi...I almost forgot I had asked this question...Will definitely try and let you know...Thanks for your reply :-)
    – Alok
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:16
  • @Alok the last month there is almost no interesting questions in the community so I'm searching for old interesting questions having no answers like yours one :)
    – Alexey R.
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:29

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