Free eBay sniping, bidding & monitoring

Simplify your eBay experience!
No longer supported as of March, 2021. Thanks for the years of support and enthusiasm! It was a good run...
Try Gixen for your sniping needs; I respect the author a lot, and they've been doing it around as long as I had.


Stable Version
May 25, 2014
JBidwatcher 2.5.6

Edge Version
January 13, 2016
JBidwatcher 2.99pre5
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13-Jan-2016 12:30am PST —
News: JBidwatcher 2.99pre5 is a release candidate for 3.0, with significant changes and a new scripting layer.
25-May-2014 12:55am PDT —
JBidwatcher 2.5.6 is an emergency release to handle eBay’s password-reset changes. More below.

JBidwatcher is no longer supported.

It's been a while coming, but eBay has changed the login process too deeply, and I have far, far too little time to be able to keep up and make the necessary changes.

To those folks who've been holding out, I'm sorry I didn't keep it up. I don't have the time to update the program, or de-spam the forums, or the bug reporting site(s), or any of it. I held out hope for a long time that I'd get a break and be able to update, but recent events have made me realize it's not going to get easier. And I should have said so years ago.

JBidwatcher, and it's users, got me through some dark times. I will always appreciate that. Thank you for more than two decades of support and enthusiasm.

— Morgan Schweers

JBidwatcher 2.5 & 3.0

A Java-based application allowing you to monitor auctions you're not part of, submit bids, snipe (bid at the last moment), and otherwise track your auction-site experience. It includes adult-auction management, MANY currencies (pound, dollar (US, Canada, Australian, and New Taiwanese) and euro, presently), drag-and-drop of auction URLs, an original, unique and powerful 'multisniping' feature, a relatively nice UI, and is known to work cleanly under Linux, Windows, Solaris, and MacOSX from the same binary.

Please do not re-sell the JBidwatcher program or code.

JBidwatcher is under active development, and issues are reasonably quickly responded to. Bug reports and feature requests are always welcome, as are praise and complaints. Always feel free to make suggestions or report bugs.

If you'd like to know a bit about some of the advanced configuration settings that are not yet available from the configuration UI, you can look at my guide to the configuration file format. It is slightly out of date, as recent releases have added a wealth of tuning configuration parameters. A less descriptive listing of the existing configuration values is on the JBidwatcher development forum.

News Flash (January 13, 2016) —
JBidwatcher 2.99pre5, second release candidate for 3.0 released.

This fixes several critical and less-critical bugs that arose with the 2.99pre4 release. I’ve been working on a significant revision to JBidwatcher for some time, including the addition of scripting capabilities. This version incorporates recent bug fixes and those larger changes.

JBidwatcher 2.99+ for Mac and Windows embeds its own Java runtime, so you don't need it installed. Linux users will need Java 8.

  • Mac OS X users can download a a Mac OS X disk image (.dmg)
  • Windows users can download a Windows installer.
  • You can also download the Java binary for any other platform, including Linux and Solaris.
    Launch with:
    tar xvjf JBidwatcher-2.99pre5.tar.bz2
    cd JBidwatcher

Older News (January 10, 2016) —
JBidwatcher 2.99pre4 release candidate for 3.0 released.

I’ve been working on a significant revision to JBidwatcher for some time, including the addition of scripting capabilities. This version incorporates recent bug fixes and those larger changes.

Written by: Morgan Schweers
Last modified: Fri Nov 18 19:38:40 PST 2011