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Information and system requirements for installing and using Mac Java 7


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Macintosh OS X
  • Java version(s): 7.0

Oracle's Java version 7u25 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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» Can I restore Apple Java 6 after uninstalling Oracle Java 7?
» What are the system requirements for Java 7 on my Mac?
» Why can't I find Java 6 for Mac OS X on java.com?
» Why can't I use Chrome with Java 7 on my Mac?
» How do I get Java 7 for my Mac?
» How do I know if I have Java installed on my Mac?
» How do I install Java 7 for my Mac?
» How do I find out what version of Java I have on my Mac?
» How do I enable Java on my Mac?
» How do I clear the Java cache on my Mac?
» How do I update Java on my Mac?
» How do I uninstall Java from my Mac?
» I do not have Mac version 10.7.3 (Lion) or higher. How do I get Java for other Mac versions?
» Why will Applets not run after getting Java through Apple Software Update?
» Why is Java 7 available only for Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above?
» The installation hangs during an auto-update, what can I do to get the latest Java?
» Why can't I install Java on Mac 10.10 (Yosemite)?
» How do I get support or provide feedback on Java?


Can I restore Apple Java 6 after uninstalling Oracle Java 7?
Yes, see the instructions on the Apple website Restore Apple Java 6.
If you have JDK 7 installed on your system and you want to restore Apple Java 6, then JDK 7 needs to be uninstalled first. See the instructions to Uninstall JDK 7.


What are the system requirements for Java 7 on my Mac?
Operating system requirements:   For Java 7, you will need an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X version 10.7.3 (Lion) and above. Installing Java on a Mac is performed on a system wide basis, for all users, and administrator privileges are required. Java 7 can not be installed on a per-user basis.
Browser requirements:  
A 64-bit browser (Safari or Firefox, for example) is required to run Java 7 on Mac OS X. 32-bit browsers such as Chrome do not support Java 7 on the Mac platform.

Why can't I find Java 6 for Mac OS X on java.com?

For Java versions 6 and below, Apple supplies their own version of Java. For Mac OS X 10.6 and below, use the 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.

Why can't I use Chrome with Java 7 on my Mac?
Chrome is a 32-bit browser.
A 64-bit browser (Safari or Firefox, for example) is required to run Java 7 on Mac OS X. 32-bit browsers such as Chrome do not support Java 7 on the Mac platform.

How do I get Java 7 for my Mac?

You can download Java 7 from java.com.

How do I know if I have Java installed on my Mac?

Mac OS X 10.6 and below: Apple's Java comes pre-installed with your Mac OS.
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and above: Java is not pre-installed with Mac OS X versions 10.7 and above. To get the latest Java 7 from Oracle, you will need Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above.
If you have Java 7, you will see a Java icon under System Preferences.
Java versions 6 and below are listed in the Java Preferences.app located in the Applications > Utilities folder on your Mac.

How do I install Java 7 for my Mac?

See Mac Java 7 installation instructions.

How do I find out what version of Java I have on my Mac?

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.
If you do not see a Java icon under System Preferences, Java 7 and above is not installed.

How do I enable Java on my Mac?

When you install Java 7 on your Mac (Lion and above), Java will be enabled by default.
If you are running a Java application in the browser, you will need to also check that Java is enabled in your browser.
For earlier versions of Java, check the Apple Support site.

How do I clear the Java cache on my Mac?

See How to clear the Java cache on Mac.

How do I update Java on my Mac?

See How to update Java on Mac.

How do I uninstall Java from my Mac?

See Mac Java uninstall instructions.

I do not have Mac version 10.7.3 (Lion) or higher. How do I get Java for other Mac versions?

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.
Users of Lion Mac OS X 10.7.1 and 10.7.2 should upgrade to 10.7.3 or later versions, so you can get the latest Java 7 version from Oracle.

Why will Applets not run after getting Java through Apple Software Update?

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.

Why is Java 7 available only for Mac OS X 10.7.3 and above?

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.

The installation hangs during an auto-update, what can I do to get the latest Java?

During an auto-update, Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) users might see the installation stall. Download the latest Java from the java.com web site.

Why can't I install Java on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)?

See Mac OS X 10.10 FAQ.

How do I get support or provide feedback on Java?

Provide us details on Feedback form for reporting issues or providing feedback for Java.


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