How To install Java / JRE on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 is a LTS (Long Term Support) release, for desktop as well as server edition. Just after a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04, you need to install few things to get everything running, atleast for common tasks (you may find my previous post useful – things to do after a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04).

Now, you want to execute Java programs then you must – so you just need to install a JRE (Java Runtime Environment, includes Java Virtual Machine, JIT (Just in Time compiler, IcedTea plugin)) and you’re ready to run Java Applications and Applets (not so popular anymore, JavaScript rocks!).

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But, remember if you want to develop Java Applications then you need more (JDK, Docs etc) than just a JRE. So checkout this post – Install JDK on Ubuntu 12.04 if you want full development environment rather then just the run time environment.

Installing JRE/Java on Ubuntu 12.04

There are many implementation of Java Runtime environment but we will stick to the Open Source implementation of Java – OpenJDK (Open Java Development Kit). The latest stable version is openjdk-7 (although v 8 developer preview version is also available). a terminal (hit Ctrl+Alt+t, to open a bash shell or terminal or whatever shell (such as zsh) you prefer) and execute these command(s) –

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

(The package size is around ~30MB)

  • Ram

    openjdk is different from oracle java.i am unable to execute some jars in openjdk and shifted to oracle one