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Developer(s)Oracle Corporation
Final release
2.0.05 / May 2007
Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform
PlatformJava Virtual Machine

JavaHelp is both an application and a format for online help files that can be displayed by the JavaHelp browser. It is written in Java, and is mainly used in Java applications. It can be used for any application and it does require the overhead of the JRE to load.

The file format is XML.

The GUI uses a tri-pane layout, with a toolbar and menu at the top, navigation pane on the left, and content viewer on the right. The navigation pane includes searching, indexing, and a table of contents.


JavaHelp application used to come with the GNU General Public License with Classpath exception[1]

However, since the source code from JavaHelp was put on GitHub for JavaEE, the source code has been re-licensed to the Common Development and Distribution License.[1] However the source code files are still (mistakingly) under the GPLv2 with Classpath exception license[2]


  1. ^ a b "Give JavaHelp a chance! was: Release Apache NetBeans 9.0 Alpha (incubating)". 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-12-17. Yes, NetBeans depends on JavaHelp and JavaHelp has been developed under GPLv2 with CP exception(...) Btw. there already is with CDDL license. {{cite web}}: External link in |quote= (help)
  2. ^ "CDDL or GPL license?". 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-12-17.