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Below are instructions for using the platform-specific KiNG packages for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The Windows and Linux installers include a copy of the Java runtime and libraries (hence their large size), which will be installed in subdirectories of the KiNG installation and which are used only by KiNG. Thus, they will not conflict with or overwrite any existing Java VMs or applications you may already have on your computer. The instructions below refer to the default locations for installing KiNG and its documentation, but the installer will allow you to choose where you want the files (and shortcuts, if applicable). We suggest removing any old versions of KiNG before installing a new version, and in particular caution against installing the new KiNG on top of the old one. You will be shown a final confirmation screen with a summary of all installation options before any action is taken. Additional information about installing, configuring, and launching KiNG is available from the README file and user manual that are included in the installation.


Download the Windows .zip file to your Desktop, and double-click to open it. Extract the contents of the file to any location you wish. The KiNG.exe file will run a standard Windows installer that defaults to installing the KiNG program in your "Program Files" directory. You must uninstall KiNG with the "Add or remove programs" system settings panel before attempting a reinstall of KiNG.

Mac OS X

Download the Macintosh disk image file to your Desktop, and then double-click to mount the disk. To install KiNG, just drag the KiNG application to your Applications folder. Once KiNG is in the Applications folder, you can also drag it to the Dock if you like. Remember to unmount the disk image by dragging it to the Trash before trying to delete the downloaded disk image file, which you no longer need. If you ever decide to uninstall KiNG, simply drag it out of the Applications folder and into the Trash. Note that versions of the Mac operating system that preceded OS X do not support Java 1.3 and so cannot be used to run KiNG.


Install a Java runtime environment. We recommend using 'jenv' to manage your Java versions if you have multiple installed on your machine. Download the "All platforms" zip file and unpack it. This will create a directory containing all of the needed jar files. The README.md included in the directory has more details, but the simplest way to launch KiNG is with this command:
java -jar king.jar
To remove KiNG from the system, simply delete the directory.

Other platforms / pre-existing Java VMs

If you use a different platform than the one above, we do not provide an installer and you will have to install KiNG manually. You may be able to obtain a Java virtual machine from your operating system vendor or from Sun Microsystems (http://java.sun.com). If so, you should then download the package of "any platform" jars listed below. Unzipping the package will reveal the KiNG program and its libraries, as well as some documentation. You can then launch KiNG with this command:
java -jar king.jar
Please see the README file for additional information, including suggestions about how to create and configure launcher shell scripts. Likewise, if you are familiar with the Java platform and want to use a VM that you already have installed, you can download just the jar files to save time -- but you can also use one of the installers above without any conflicts with previously installed JVM(s).