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RuneScape Client

What is it?

You can now launch RuneScape directly from your desktop, without all the typical browser clutter and this is where the RuneScape Client comes in. Even better, it doesn’t require Java to be installed and doesn’t require administrator privileges for your PC or Mac to run. It’s also an open source application.

How does it work?

It uses a different version of the Java Virtual Machine to the one made available in browsers via a plugin. It uses the open-source (GNU GPLv2 with the Classpath Exception) OpenJDK platform, which when run launches the class loader (and in turn the game), the same as a normal browser does.

How to install it

Windows: Click here to download.

Mac: Click here to download.

If you are having problems, please either contact us directly or visit our technical forums for troubleshooting tips.

As it's open-source software you can get OpenJDK and the code used to create the RuneScape game window here.

These are the only official RuneScape downloads. Unofficial downloads from other sites may contain viruses, keyloggers, etc., so if you want to run the game outside your browser we recommend that, to keep your account safe, you only use the client from here.

Why am I not able to download the client?

Unfortunately, due to legal reasons, the client is not available for download in some states in the US.

Set up the client to run multiple game versions

The downloadable client has a method for allowing multiple settings files, which may be used in combination with separate shortcuts to allow the use of the client software to access both the live game and other versions of the game including old school servers and Beta servers (if available).

For more information on how to enable this feature in the client, please refer to Multiple Configuration Setup and prm Files.

Uninstalling the RuneScape Client

To uninstall the RuneScape Client from your computer, please follow the relevant steps below.

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. In the Currently installed programs box, click ‘RuneScape Launcher 1.2.3 (or equivalent version) and then click #Change/Remove.
  3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to uninstall the RuneScape Client

Windows 7:

  1. Go to: Start > Control panel > Programs > Uninstall a program
  2. Select ‘RuneScape Launcher 1.2.3’ (or equivalent version)
  3. Click ‘Uninstaller’ on the top toolbar
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to uninstall the RuneScape Client

Windows 8:

  1. Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner and choose the Control Panel from the pop-up menu.
  2. Choose ‘Uninstall a Program’ from the programs category.
  3. Select ‘RuneScape Launcher 1.2.3’ (or equivalent version) and then click ‘uninstall’
  4. Windows will ask you if you’re sure, click Yes.

Mac OS X:

  1. Power up your Mac and log in using an account with administrative rights.
  2. Open your Applications folder.
  3. Drag the program or folder of programs that you wish to delete to the Trash.
  4. Empty your trash.
  5. Delete application preferences and support files, this will ensure all RuneScape Client files are removed from your Mac. To do this;
  • Open the Library folder on your hard drive.
  • Look for any files with the RuneScape Launcher the /Library/,/Library/Preferences/, and the /Library/Application Support/ folders.
  • Open the Library folder in your Home folder.
  • Look for any files with the RuneScape Launcher in the ~/Library/,~/Library/Preferences/, and the ~/Library/Application Support/ folders.
  • Move any files that you find to the Trash. If you can’t empty the trash, restart your Mac and try again.

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