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Mediaflux Explorer

1 Introduction

The Mediaflux Explorer is a Java application that you run on your desktop computer. It interacts with the Mediaflux server via the secure HTTPS protocol. This application complements the standard web-based Desktop interface (see below). The focus of the Explorer is uploads, downloads, queries and sharing of data.

The Explorer is a Java application delivered by a jar file. Download the Explorer and double click it to activate.

2 Java Version

  • You must have at least Java 1.8 (Run time elements) installed on your computer or you can download the pre-packaged operating system specific versions
  • The Explorer will not run with OpenJDK 9 or 10 because support has been removed for foundation classes that the Explorer uses (Arcitecta will rebundle these later)
  • The Explorer does run with standard Oracle Java 10 (the foundation classes are still present.

Video guides on the usage of the Mediaflux Explorer are available.

3 Download URL

The Explorer is under active development from Arcitecta and we will update the downloads page page as new versions are made available.

We provide

  • Just the Java jar file (so you provide the right Java)
  • The Explorer packaged with the right Java for Windows (installed application), OS X (installable application) and Linux (tar ball to unpack)

4 Run the Explorer

To access Mediaflux with the Explorer double click on the downloaded Jar to execute it and enter the appropriate Mediaflux server HTTPS details. You must do this first.


  • If you are running the Explorer on a remote host and displaying back to your desktop via X11, and that Desktop is running Mac OSX, you have to add a configuration to the OSX environment. Enter the following at the OSX Terminal command line and then restart the quartz X11 engine (just restart your computer if you don't know how)
    •  defaults write org.macosforge.xquartz.X11 enable_iglx -bool true 

5 Login

Mediaflux requires the triple of (domain, username and password) to log in. All the Mediaflux login screens show these fields.

5.1 Australian Access Federation (AAF) Account

It is possible to use your institutional credential to log in to Mediaflux if

  • your institutional identity provider (IdP) has installed the ECP plugin
  • the specific Mediaflux server you are working with has been configured to trust your IdP

Only the UniMelb Primary Mediaflux service is configured to offer AAF account logins (see table above)

To login with your AAF account

  • You must enter the protocol (https) and server/port details first
  • Enter “AAF” (or aaf) into the Domain entry field and press TAB to go to the next field.
  • A drop-down selection of known Institutions will then appear under the heading “AAF Virtual Home”.
  • Select your institution and then enter your usual institutional username (for the user field) and password (for the password field and click “Sign In ”.

The screen shot shows the selection of the University of Melbourne as the institution.

5.2 Local Account

If your account is a local account (i.e. not using your institutional account), you will have been provided with the details for domain, user and password. Just enter them and click “Sign In” or “Login”.

Here is an example for a local VicNode account, VicNode:nkilleen

6. Quit the Application

You can either close the application or select Quit after clicking on the Mediaflux from the menubar on the top.

data_management/mediaflux/howto/login_with_explorer.txt · Last modified: 2019/03/29 10:01 by Neil Killeen