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JVM could not be started when starting openfire.exe


My company has been using OpenFire 3.3.2 for a couple of months, running as a Windows service. The server is running the Java Platform SE 6 Update 2.

This morning a power outage occured and the server stopped. When I restarted the server, the service restarted and the user could logon (Spark) and communicate normally.

However, when I started openfire.exe to open the Admin page, I got the following error message: “The JVM could not be started. The main method may have thrown an exception”.

Could you please tell me what may cause this problem and… how it can be fixed ?

Thanks for your help !


Hi Stephane,

Are you sure you want to start the admin console with openfire.exe? Should it be http://yourhost:9090/ instead? I think that error came out because you tried to startup the second instance of Openfire. Otherwise, you might want to check the logs/error.log file to see what caused the error.

You are absolutely right !

Thanks for your help !