How to Install JAVA 8 on CentOS 7 / RHEL

This tutorial helps you to install Java 8 or update Java on your system. In our previous article we discussed Java 8 installation with Ansible.

Step 1 – Download Latest Java Archive

Download latest Java SE Development Kit 8 release from its official download page Use following commands to download.

root@devopstechie$ cd /opt/
root@devopstechie$ wget --no-cookies --no-check-certificate --header "Cookie:; oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" ""
root@devopstechie$ tar xzf jdk-8u151-linux-x64.tar.gz

Step 2 – Install Java 8 with Alternatives

After extracting archive file use alternatives command to install it.

root@devopstechie$ cd /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/
root@devopstechie$ alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin/java 2
root@devopstechie$ alternatives --config java

There are 2 programs which provide 'java'.

  Selection    Command
*  1           /opt/jdk1.7.0_71/bin/java
 + 2           /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin/java

Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number: 2

Up till now JAVA 8 has been successfully installed on your system. We also recommend to setup javac and jar commands path using alternatives

root@devopstechie$ alternatives --install /usr/bin/jar jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin/jar 2
root@devopstechie$ alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin/javac 2
root@devopstechie$ alternatives --set jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin/jar
root@devopstechie$ alternatives --set javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin/javac

Step 3 – Check Installed Java Version

Check the installed Java version on your system using following command.

root@devopstechie$ java -version

java version "1.8.0_151"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_151-b12)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.151-b12, mixed mode)

Step 4 – Setup Java Environment Variables

Set the Java environment variables using following commands. Setup JAVA_HOME, JRE_HOME and PATH environment variables

root@devopstechie$ export JAVA_HOME=/opt/jdk1.8.0_151
root@devopstechie$ export JRE_HOME=/opt/jdk1.8.0_151/jre
root@devopstechie$ export PATH=$PATH:/opt/jdk1.8.0_151/bin:/opt/jdk1.8.0_151/jre/bin

Also you can put all above environment variables in /etc/environment file for auto loading on system boot.

Avinash Pawar

An automation enthusiast who presently working as DevOps Engineer.

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An automation enthusiast who presently working as DevOps Engineer.