JAD (JAva Decompiler)

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Developer(s) Pavel Kouznetsov
Initial release Before 1999; 16 years ago (1999)
Stable release 1.5.8g / 2006; 9 years ago (2006)
Written in C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Software engineering
License Free for non-commercial use (Copyright: Pavel Kouznetsov)
Website Original Jad site, including downloads at the Wayback Machine (archived February 14, 2008)

Jad (Java Decompiler) is a currently unmaintained decompiler for the Java programming language. Jad provides a command-line user interface to extract source code from class files. A graphical user interface for Jad is JadClipse which is a plugin to the Eclipse IDE.

The domain name used by the official website expired on 25 February 2009.

The most recent version of JAD says it supports only Java class file versions 45.3, 46.0 and 47.0, not ones produced by Java 5.

The most popular GUI for Jad is DJ Java Decompiler. According to CNET.com, in the past eight years the various versions of DJ Java Decompiler have been downloaded over 10 million times.

The only one legally authorized by Pavel Kouznetsov to deal and distribute JAD for commercial purposes is Atanas Neshkov.

A similar alternative, Java Decompiler, has emerged that supports versions of Java up to 1.7 and (in a variant) current versions of the Eclipse IDE.

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