To put it simply, this is a small (under 1 MB) tool that you download and install that allows you to instantly launch Minecraft SMP using links on websites. More detailed information, source code, and downloads can be found on the website here. There are versions available for Windows, Linux (Gnome and KDE), and Mac OS X (experimental). The source is available on GitHub and licensed under the MIT license.
I encourage server admins to use McURL on their own websites. There's a form at the bottom of the page for easy link generation in HTML and BBCode formats, very easy to use in forum posts or on your own site. If you do, I'd love it if you posted here!
I can understand you might be averse to entering your username and password in a third-party tool, especially after the recent password scare. But rest assured I will never collect username or password data. Those able to do so are welcome to examine the source code and decompile all packaged versions of McURL. A regular user and still not convinced? These people support McURL:
[*:1p23jexf]Original creator of the skindex,
[*:1p23jexf]Original creator of the alpha/beta protocol documentation,
I can say that the freely-available source as well as the precompiled JAR's do not include any phone-home functionality, password siphoning functionality, or any privacy/security implications not already present in the client.
I assume the problem I'm having is on my end, but when I run the link in my browser the bat runs and says "Windows cannont find the 'javaw'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again."
What should I go about to getting the program to find it?
I have tested this program on my Macbook (OSx Snow Lepoard) using Mozilla Firefox and it works exactly as expected. You simply click on the link (exampe: minecraft://game.worldofclucky.net) and it opens up Minecraft, automatically connecting you to that server. It is simply amazing! I suggest this program for all server hosts to at least provide on their website, and I suggest all players use this program to quickly browse between different servers. Thank you so much for developing this. 5/5 Stars!
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@SpaceManiac I don't know if you're aware, but the OS X version on your website doesn't work, because the JAR file isn't actually in the app contents. I fixed it myself by downloading the Linux version (which does include the JAR) and copying the JAR into the OS X app's contents, but I don't think the vast majority of users are savvy enough to figure all this out themselves. I'd fix it if I were you.