What is a .JKS File And How To Open It – Oracle (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .jks extension, but it is a file you have never seen before? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .jks file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .JKS file?

The .JKS file extension stands for Java Keystore File. This file extension belongs to the developer Oracle. The format of this file is binary, and it is a encoded file.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .jks file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .JKS file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .JKS file on various operating systems.

How to open a .JKS file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .jks file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the KeyStore Explorer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use Eclipse IDE for Java Developers and KeyStore Explorer software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .JKS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the KeyStore Explorer software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .JKS file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .jks file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the KeyStore Explorer software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Eclipse IDE for Java Developers and KeyStore Explorer.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .JKS file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the KeyStore Explorer software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .JKS file on Linux

To open the .jks file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the KeyStore Explorer software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Eclipse IDE for Java Developers and KeyStore Explorer.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .JKS file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the KeyStore Explorer software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .JKS file?

If you are still unable to open the .JKS file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .JKS file.jl – Julia, .jlr – Juliar, .jls – Joint Photographic Experts Group, .jmc – JM-Crypt Security, .jmce – JM-Crypt Security. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .JKS file with the KeyStore Explorer, Eclipse IDE for Java Developers programs on Windows, KeyStore Explorer, Eclipse IDE for Java Developers programs on Mac and KeyStore Explorer, Eclipse IDE for Java Developers software on Linux.