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Create JAR from modules dialog

Use this page to specify the settings for your Java archive (JAR). For informaiton on how to create and run the JAR file, refer to Create an artifact configuration for the JAR.




The module that you want to package.

Main class

The fully qualified name of your main application class, the one with the main() method.

JAR files from libraries

The way the JAR files from the module libraries are processed:

  • extract to the target JAR. The JAR contents are decompressed and then packaged together with the module output in a single JAR.

  • copy to the output directory and link via manifest. The JAR files are copied to the artifact output directory as is. The references to the JARs are added to the Class-Path header field of the MANIFEST.MF file that is packaged in the same JAR as the module output.


The path to the directory in which META-INF/MANIFEST.MF is generated.

If you build your JAR file with IntelliJ IDEA, IntelliJ IDEA will pick the location to the MANIFEST.MF file automatically. If you use other build systems such as Gralde or Maven, you need to use the resources folder to store the MANIFEST.MF file.

Include tests

Include the module's compiled test classes.

Refer to Packaging the application in a JAR for an example of how to create and build a JAR artifact.

Last modified: 17 March 2022