MaxEnt Installation

This section will guide you through the installation of MaxEnt.

Install Java6 in MS Windows

1. We need Java6 to use run the MaxEnt application. To download Java6 JRE installers for your OS, go to the Java6 website

2. To install Java6, double-click your downloaded installer file (i. e. jre-7u3-windows-i586.exe) and follow the succeeding instructions.

“Install” MaxEnt

1. To download MaxEnt, go to the MaxEnt website

2. Uncompress the downloaded. In your file manager, open your maxent directory. The directory contains at least the the following files:


The jar file, maxent.jar, is the main application which can be used on any computer running Java version 1.5 or later.

Start MaxEnt

If you are using Microsoft Windows, simply click on the file maxent.bat.


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