How to decompile a jar into .java files from command prompt

How can I decompile a JAR (.class binary files) into .java source files from command prompt?


This GitHub project claims to be able to do so. However, most people I know use JD-GUI.

JD-Core is a library that reconstructs Java source code from one or more “.class” files. JD-Core may be used to recover lost source code and explore the source of Java runtime libraries. New features of Java 5, such as annotations, generics or type “enum”, are supported. JD-GUI and JD-Eclipse include JD-Core library.

I should include that when a source file is compiled, things like the variable assignment and the names of those variables are changed. Similarly, syntactic sugar is changed into what it actually is (such as x += i turns into x = x + i).

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