Monday, July 27, 2009

Open a new browser from a standalone java program

import java.io.IOException;

public class OpenBrowser
{
public static void displayURL(String url)
{
boolean windows = isWindowsPlatform();
String cmd = null;
try
{
if (windows)
{
// cmd = 'rundll32 url.dll,FileProtocolHandler http://...'
cmd = WIN_PATH + " " + WIN_FLAG + " " + url;
Process p = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd);
}
else
{
// Under Unix, Netscape has to be running for the "-remote"
// command to work. So, we try sending the command and
// check for an exit value. If the exit command is 0,
// it worked, otherwise we need to start the browser.
// cmd = 'netscape -remote openURL(http://www.javaworld.com)'
cmd = UNIX_PATH + " " + UNIX_FLAG + "(" + url + ")";
Process p = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd);
try
{
// wait for exit code -- if it's 0, command worked,
// otherwise we need to start the browser up.
int exitCode = p.waitFor();
if (exitCode != 0)
{
// Command failed, start up the browser
// cmd = 'netscape http://www.javaworld.com'
cmd = UNIX_PATH + " " + url;
p = Runtime.getRuntime().exec(cmd);
}
}
catch(InterruptedException x)
{
System.err.println("Error bringing up browser, cmd='" +
cmd + "'");
System.err.println("Caught: " + x);
}
}
}
catch(IOException x)
{
// couldn't exec browser
System.err.println("Could not invoke browser, command=" + cmd);
System.err.println("Caught: " + x);
}
}
/**
* Try to determine whether this application is running under Windows
* or some other platform by examing the "os.name" property.
*
* @return true if this application is running under a Windows OS
*/
public static boolean isWindowsPlatform()
{
String os = "os.name";
if ( os != null && os.startsWith(WIN_ID))
return true;
else
return false;
}
/**
* Simple example.
*/
public static void main(String[] args)
{
displayURL("http://www.google.com");
}
// Used to identify the windows platform.
private static final String WIN_ID = "Windows";
// The default system browser under windows.
private static final String WIN_PATH = "rundll32";
// The flag to display a url.
private static final String WIN_FLAG = "url.dll,FileProtocolHandler";
// The default browser under unix.
private static final String UNIX_PATH = "netscape";
// The flag to display a url.
private static final String UNIX_FLAG = "-remote openURL";

}

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