JAD (software)

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Developer(s) Pavel Kouznetsov
Initial release Before 1999; 19 years ago (1999)
Stable release
1.5.8g / 2006; 12 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 14 February 2008)

Jad (Java Decompiler) is, as of August 2011, an unmaintained decompiler for the Java programming language. Jad provides a command-line user interface to extract source code from class files.

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