Information and system requirements for installing and using Mac Java 7
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Oracle's Java version 7u17 and below have been disabled by Apple on OS X. Updating to the latest release will allow Java to be run on Mac OS X.
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Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java 6 for your Mac. For issues related to Apple Java 6 on Mac, contact Apple Support. Oracle and Java.com only support Java 7 and later, and only on 64 bit systems.
You can download Java 7 from java.com.
Mac OS X 10.6 and below: Apple's Java comes pre-installed with your Mac OS.
Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above: Under System Preferences click on the Java icon to access the Java Control Panel which will list your Java version.
When you install Java 7 on your Mac (Lion and above), Java will be enabled by default.
For Java versions 6 and below, Apple supplies their own version of Java.
Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Apple's Java for your Mac.
Apple disables the Java plug-in and Webstart applications when the Java update is done using Software Update. Also, if the Java plug-in detects that no applets have been run for an extended period of time it will again disable the Java plug-in.
The Java Runtime depends on the availability of an Application programming interface (API). Some of the API were added in Mac OS X 10.7.3. Apple has no plans to make those API available on older versions of the Mac OS.Feedback form for reporting issues or providing feedback for Java.
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