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How to implement auto-updater on a game

A topic by Mayuso created Jul 17, 2016 Views: 237
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I am not sure If I should be posting this question here, but I assume most of you have more experience than me on programming in general, so I hope someone can help me.

I have been developing and posting my creations on for around 6 months now, and I want to improve.

I need a method to make my games/tools update automatically. With this I mean that when the user starts it, it checks for update on the project page, and if there is one, it downloads it (replacing the old version). (I know this is already handled in the Itch application, which is amazing, but some people have my games/tools installed independently).

I mainly use pure Java for the tools and LibGDX (Which is mostly Java too) for the Games. Usually these come in a single .jar file, I assume this should be easier to update than a full installation with different folders, files....right?

Does anyone have any experience on this subject?

Thank you all for your patience :)