This topic includes the following sections:
System Requirements for Installing the JDK on macOS
The following are the system requirements for installing the JDK on macOS:
Any Intel-based computer running macOS.
You cannot install Java for a single user. Installing the JDK on macOS is performed on a systemwide basis for all users. Administrator privileges are required to install the JDK on macOS.
Determining the Default JDK Version on macOS
When starting a Java application through the command line, the system uses the default JDK.
You can determine which version of the JDK is the default by entering
java -version in a Terminal window. If the installed version is 13 Interim 0, Update 0, and Patch 0, then you see a string that includes the text
13. For example:
To run a different version of Java, either specify the full path, or use the
java_home tool. For example:
$ /usr/libexec/java_home -v 13 --exec javac -version
Installing the JDK on macOS
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- Download the JDK
Before the file can be downloaded, you must accept the license agreement.
- From either the browser Downloads window or from the file browser, double-click the
.dmgfile to start it.A Finder window appears that contains an icon of an open box and the name of the
- Double-click the
JDK 13.pkgicon to start the installation application.The installation application displays the Introduction window.
- Click Continue.
- Click Install. A window appears that displays the message: Installer is trying to install new software. Enter your password to allow this.
- Enter the Administrator user name and password and click Install Software.The software is installed and a confirmation window is displayed.
.dmgfile if you want to save disk space.
Uninstalling the JDK on macOSYou must have Administrator privileges.
Do not attempt to uninstall Java by removing the Java tools from
/usr/bin. This directory is part of the system software and any changes will be reset by Apple the next time that you perform an update of the OS.
- Go to
- Remove the directory whose name matches the following format by executing the
rmcommand as a root user or by using the
For example, to uninstall 13 Interim 0 Update 0 Patch 0:
$ rm -rf jdk-13.jdk
Installation FAQ on macOS Platform
This topic provides answers for the following frequently asked questions about installing JDK on macOS computers.
1. How do I find out which version of Java is the system default?
When you run a Java application from the command line, it uses the default JDK. If you do not develop Java applications, then you do not need to worry about this. See Determining the Default JDK Version on macOS.
2. How do I uninstall Java?
See Uninstalling the JDK on macOS.
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3. After installing Java for macOS 2012-006, can I continue to use Apple's Java 6 alongside the macOS JDK for Java 13?
If you want to continue to develop with Java 6 using command-line, then you can modify the startup script for your favorite command environment. For bash, use this:
$ export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 13`
Some applications use
/usr/bin/java to call Java. After installing Java for macOS 2012-006,
/usr/bin/java will find the newest JDK installed, and will use that for all of the Java-related command-line tools in
/usr/bin. You may need to modify those applications to find Java 6, or contact the developer for a newer version of the application.
4. What happened to the Java Preferences app in Application Utilities?
The Java Preferences app was part of the Apple Java installation and is not used by Oracle Java. Therefore, macOS releases from Apple that do not include Apple Java will not include Java Preferences.
Java, a runtime environment that works 'behind the scenes' to let you use many Web sites, online services, and applications, is no longer built in with Macintosh operating systems. Apple's October 2012 software update removes the Java plugin from all Web browsers.
Following recent security vulnerabilities with Java, we recommend that Mac OS X users check their version of Java and keep it up-to-date. If Java is not installed, we recommend that you postpone installing it until absolutely necessary. If you currently have Java installed on your computer, but are not using it, we recommend disabling it. More...
Follow the instructions below to download and install the latest version of Java for Mac.
- Verify whether you have the current version of Java through the Java Web Site:
- If you do not have the current version of Java, go to the Download Java for Mac OS X page: http://www.java.com/en/download/mac_download.jsp?locale=en
- Review the End User Agreement, then click Agree and Start Free Download. The file will save to the Downloads folder of your computer.
- On your computer, locate and open (double-click) the Java for Mac installer (jre-7u9-macosx-x64.dmg). A Finder window will open and display the contents of the installer.
- Double-click the JavaForMacOSX10.7.pkg file and follow the wizard’s prompts to install the program on your computer.
Note: You may be asked to enter your computer’s administrator password as part of the installation process. This is not your UMass Amherst IT Account NetID or password, it is the password you use to log into your Mac. If you do not have administrator privileges for your computer, contact your IT administrator.
- A confirmation message will appear when the installation is complete. Click Close to exit the Java installer.
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You should now be able to use Java-dependent web sites, applications, and resources on your computer and online. If you continue to have problems, contact the IT Help Center.