Ubuntu: How do I install Java?


How do I install Java, including in my browser, so websites with Java work?


There are several implementations of Java. The three most common implementations when talking about it for Ubuntu are:

  • OpenJDK: The primary goal of the OpenJDK project is to produce an open-source implementation of the Java SE Platform (6 and 7). This is the default version of Java that Ubuntu uses and is the easiest to install.
  • Sun Java: Sun Java is the reference implementation for Java 6. Its support has been discontinued in Ubuntu.
  • Oracle Java: Oracle Java is the OpenJDK Java Se Platform version 7 implementation from Oracle. Oracle introduced with this implementation a license that prevents distribution.

Since Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) and due to license issues Ubuntu will no longer distribute Oracle's JDK and JRE. Also, previous versions supplied on PPAs suffer from security issues and are not recommended to be installed on any Ubuntu system.

There are no more supported .deb releases from Ubuntu with reference to Sun Java or Oracle Java, Ubuntu officially supports OpenJDK and OpenJRE implementation of Java which is the base for Oracle's own implementation.

OpenJRE is the official implementation of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for your Ubuntu systems and should suffice to run any Java program that you might require and it's included in the main repository and it's easily installable.


Install via the Software Center

Or by opening a terminal and typing

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre   

The openjdk-7-jre package contains just the Java Runtime Environment. If you want to develop Java programs then install the openjdk-7-jdk package:

Install via the software center

Also important is to install the wrapper for supporting Java applications on your web browser, the Iced-Tea Java Plugin.

IcedTea Plugin

Install via the software center

Or via a terminal

sudo apt-get install icedtea-plugin  

Or look for icedtea-plugin in the Ubuntu Software Center.

To make sure that you are running the correct version of Java, use this command to set your choice:

sudo update-alternatives --config java  

java -version should display the choice you previously made.

If you need to install OpenJDK-JRE 6 or OpenJDK-JDK 6

openjdk-6-jre (click to install) is available for installation for Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) and up.

Install it with

sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre  

Or if you need the developers' package, openjdk-6-jdk (click to install), install it with:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk  

A version of the icedtea-plugin (click to install) is also available to install if you are going to use OpenJDK 6.

Install it with:

sudo apt-get install icedtea6-plugin  

If you really want to use Oracle's Java SE Platform, see How can I install Sun/Oracle's proprietary Java JDK 6/7/8 or JRE?.


Installing OpenJDK is not enough for enabling Java in browsers. You'll also need to install the icedtea-7-plugin package:

Install via the software center

A restart of the browser might be required.


For installing Oracle Java 7:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java  sudo apt-get update  sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins #just in case, this will be added to the package in the next version  sudo apt-get install oracle-jdk7-installer  


Installing OpenJDK - Recommended

The simplest way to install Java on Ubuntu is to use OpenJDK. This will work fine for most people. To install it, click on the small button with the Ubuntu logo on it, as shown in the screenshot below.

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After opening the Dash Home, you need to type in Terminal. Click on the icon that is circled in the screenshot below.

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This will open the Terminal, which is Ubuntu's version the the Windows Command prompt, though the Terminal has many more features. Now, copy and paste the following command into the Terminal window. You will need to use ControlShiftV to paste text into the terminal.

sudo apt-get install -y openjdk-7-jre openjdk-7-jdk  

You will need to enter your password to use this command. Although it will not show up in the Terminal, it will still be entered when you type it. After running this command, you will be set up to run and develop Java applications.

Installing Oracle Java

OpenJDK works fine for most people, but if you play Minecraft, you will want to use Oracle Java instead. To install Oracle Java, run the command below one at a time in the Terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer  

This will download Java from Oracle's website, and install it for you.


Open your terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T and:

Now this will install the latest Java version

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer  


Oracle Java 8 was just released (stable). To install it in Ubuntu, you can use the WebUpd8 Java PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer  

The PPA itself doesn't provide Oracle Java 8 binaries (that's not allowed by the Oracle Java license). Instead, an installer is used that automatically downloads and installs Oracle Java 8. Using this PPA, you'll also receive automatic Java 8 updates.

More information and some tips on using / further configuring Oracle Java 8 @ WebUpd8 is in Install Oracle Java 8 In Ubuntu Via PPA Repository [JDK 8].


Unfortunately, because of issues with its license, Oracle Java is no longer distributed within the official Ubuntu repositories. You have two main options: either try OpenJDK -- an open source replacement for Oracle Java -- or proceed with the "manual" installation (which is exactly what you were trying to do). Both these options are described on the help wiki: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Java. This page also include some other alternatives that, depending on your needs, you may find more suitable.

Just a side note: most of the time, with Ubuntu, you should not download software from the Internet, but rather use the Ubuntu Software Center. The software you'll find there is ensured to be stable, safe and to respect the standard conventions of the system. Oracle Java is just an exception to this rule.


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UPDATE: Since Ubuntu 16.04 you can install this without the ppa via

$> sudo apt-get update  $> sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk  


For Ubuntu < 16.04 there was no official package for Java 8 from OpenJDK ( the open source version ), but you can install it via this PPA by running:

$> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa  $> sudo apt-get update  $> sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk  


There are a few ways to install Java in Ubuntu:

Install OpenJDK (The open source equivalent to Sun's Java) directly from Ubuntu Software Center. All you need to do is search for Java. That tends to work as is for me.

If you need Sun's Java, say if you want to play Minecraft, you download the JRE as you described from Java.com, but make sure your .bin-file can be executed. You do that by opening a terminal and typing the following (I will assume you have it in your Downloads folder so change the cd line accordingly if that's not where it is):

cd /home/user/Downloads  sudo chmod +x jre-6u31-linux-i586.bin  

Then, you should be able to close your terminal, right click on your .bin-file and select "Execute", which should run the installer. If this is not an option, just do the following from terminal (in the same folder as the two other actions):


That simply runs the specified file and if you successfully typed in the two first lines, the installation.


# current java release - get both jdk / jre download here

sudo mkdir /usr/local/java    cd /usr/local/java  

# remove previous installs if any

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/java/jdk*  sudo rm -rf /usr/local/java/jre*  

# move downloaded/expanded dirs into /usr/local/java

sudo mv ~/jdk* /usr/local/java/  sudo mv ~/jre* /usr/local/java/    cd /usr/local/java/  

# create symbolic links

sudo ln -s jdk*  jdk  sudo ln -s jre*  jre  

# ONLY need to do below on fresh ubuntu install - IGNORE if previously installed any java version as its already in place

# setup symlinks :

sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/local/java/jre/bin/java" 1  sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/local/java/jdk/bin/javac" 1  sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javaws" "javaws" "/usr/local/java/jre/bin/javaws" 1  sudo update-alternatives --set java /usr/local/java/jre/bin/java  sudo update-alternatives --set javac /usr/local/java/jdk/bin/javac  sudo update-alternatives --set javaws /usr/local/java/jre/bin/javaws  

Finally, put these in your ~/.bashrc

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/local/java/jdk  export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin:$JAVA_HOME/bin  export JRE_HOME=/usr/local/java/jre  export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin:$JRE_HOME/bin  

now you're locked and loaded ;-)


If you are missing Java in Firefox, then

plug=~/.mozilla/plugins/libnpjp2.so &&   test -e $plug && readlink -f $plug ||     ln -f -s `find ~ -wholename '*jdk*lib*libnpjp2.so' -or -wholename '*jre*lib*libnpjp2.so' | head -n 1` `dirname $plug` &&   ls -la $plug  

This script will overwrite libnpjp2.so even if it exists, but points to wrong file (for example, the symlink is broken).


I made a text-based Java installer using terminal commands. It uses wget, tar, update-alternatives, and ln. It will install the Oracle JRE with the Firefox plugin.

You can download the installer from Google Drive here. Then put it in your home folder, open Terminal and type bash Install. Then it will run the installer in Terminal. It uses sudo, so you will need to type your password after it downloads. Also, this is the 64-bit version, so I will add the 32 bit later.

Note:If u also have question or solution just comment us below or mail us on toontricks1994@gmail.com
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