The current stable version of jFed is v6.3


Choose the correct installer for your operating system:

Microsoft Windows

Prerequisites: PuTTY is required to launch SSH terminals. As jFed uses advanced features like PuTTY’s SSH-agent ‘Pageant’, a full installation is required. Use the full Windows installer of PuTTY to make sure that all necessary components are installed.

Attention: If Windows Defender SmartScreen prevents you from running the installer, you can disable this protection with right-click -> ‘Properties’ and checking the ‘Unblock’-checkbox.

Windows jFed installer for Microsoft Windows

Mac OS X

Attention: To allow the installation of jFed, you need to start ‘jFed Installer’ with right-click + ‘Open’

OS X jFed installer for Mac OS X


Debian/Ubuntu-based distributions


jFed is available in a Debian repository. It suffices to execute the following script to install jFed and its dependencies:

set -x

echo "Install apt-key and apt-add-repository dependencies"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnupg apt-transport-https ca-certificates software-properties-common dirmngr

echo "Adding Azul Systems repository to apt (for Zulu OpenJDK)"

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 0xB1998361219BD9C9
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb stable main'

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zulu-12
sudo update-java-alternatives -s zulu-12-amd64

echo "Adding jFed repository to apt"
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys E7F4995E 
echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jfed.list

echo "Installing jFed"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install jfed 

Other distributions

Prerequisites: Java 12 (or newer) is required for running jFed 6.1 and above. Please make sure that it is correctly installed. See Java 12 on Linux or Java 13 on Linux.

Linux You can install jFed using one of the following packages:

Other jFed software

You can opt to run jFed manually, by downloading the Java JAR of the tool you need:

Note Some users encounter GUI errors when jFed is running. This is due to JavaFX trying to use GTK3 instead of GTK2. If you experience these kind of problems, add the -Djdk.gtk.version=2 option, like this:

java -Djdk.gtk.version=2 -jar experimenter-gui.jar

Note To use the CLI’s on headless systems, you might need to install some extra dependencies:

sudo apt-get install libxrender1 libxtst6 libxi6 gtk2-engines libxtst6 libxxf86vm1 freeglut3 libxslt1.1 xbase-clients xterm

Additionally to use the CLI’s on headless systems, you might also need to run a virtual X server, like Xvfb:

sudo apt-get install xvfb
Xvfb :10 &
DISPLAY=:10 java -Djdk.gtk.version=2 -jar experimenter-gui.jar

Known bug on Linux: All system memory starts getting used, until the system freezes. This is most likely caused by JavaFX triggering a 3D driver memory leak. Work around it by adding -Dprism.order=sw to the java command line:

java -Dprism.order=sw -jar experimenter-gui.jar

Other Versions

Legacy versions

If you cannot use the latest version, then you can find old versions on our legacy page. Please note that these are not supported anymore, and have known issues with recent Java versions.

Unstable Development Version

If you want to live on the edge, you can download the latest development versions, together with the source here.

If you use the Debian repository to install jFed, you can you can replace “stable main” by “nightly nightly” in the provided instructions, like this:

echo "deb nightly nightly" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jfed.list