HOW Do I Get Java 1.7 64-bit?

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What should I specify in the yum install command? I have CentOS 5.8, fully updated, but it still has Java 1.6.

Thanks, John

6 thoughts on - HOW Do I Get Java 1.7 64-bit?

  • Hello John,

    That’s because this is the current stable version supported by RedHat in its enterprise offerings. Not sure when OpenJDK 1.7 will land, if at all. Fedora 17 has 1.7 already.

  • Just download a jdk 1.7 from Oracle site. just extract it and config the PATH is OK. Why you want use yum install?

    Regards. Su Heng

  • Am 19.07.2012 10:41, schrieb Heng Su:

    Generally speaking, using software coming from a repository configured in yum makes it a lot easier to maintain the system and keep the packages up to date.

    It is a bad habbit, especially in an enterprise environment, to deploy software to machines in a fashion where you hardly have an overview which software version is being installed and without a proven method to keep the systems updated with new versions for fixing bugs and security issues.


  • Yes. However, my BrailleBlaster project may require Java 1.7. I suppose I can obtain it from Openjdk and install it manually. I should probably uninstall Java 1.6 first. After I install Java 1.7, will subsequent use of yuum update mess up that installation?

    Thanks, John

  • You have a few of choices here…

    CentOS 6.3 includes openJDK 1.7 as a tech preview (and as such it will get security updates etc) so that TUV’s customers can test against Java7….

    Fedora 17 includes openJDK 1.7 as a ‘supported’ package (and indeed does not even have 1.6 in the repositories)…

    Install the Oracle Java package from Oracle’s site and set JAVA_HOME
    etc etc appropriately to use it…. you may need to set up alternatives to make sure the Oracle Java takes preference if you install a package that results in a dependancy chain that pulls in openJDK.