How to install Java JDK Java Development Kit on mac. In Mac OSX 10.5 or later, Apple recommends to set the $JAVA_HOME variable to /usr/libexec/java_home, just export $JAVA_HOME in file ~/. Bash_profile or ~/.profile. $ vim.bash_profile export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home) $ echo $JAVA_HOME /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.7.0.jdk/Contents/Home JRE Installation for Mac OS X (64-bit).
I want to do some programming with the latest JavaFX, which requires Java 8. I'm using IntelliJ 13 CE and Mac OS X 9 Mavericks. I ran Oracle's Java 8 installer, and the files look like they ended up at /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_05.jdk but previous versions are at /System/Library/Java/JavaFrameworks/jdk1.6. Not sure why the latest installer puts this in /Library instead of /System/Library (nor what the difference is). But /usr/libexec/java_home doesn't find 1.8, so all the posts I've found on how to set your current java version don't work. I've tried adding a symbolic link to make it look like 1.8 is in the /System/Library.