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Installing Java on Ubuntu

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 Recently I wanted to test Ant Commander on Linux. So I decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 in Virtual Box. Java doesn't seem to work out of the box, at least for applets. So I installed Oracle Java JRE for Linux.

The instructions on Oracle failed on my computer (rpm command failed to find some binaries needed for the installation) so I had to figure out how to install it.
Here are the instructions so you don't have to search for them. The instruction sudo passwd root is only if you don't have a root password yet.

Go to
Download the Linux RPM version.

sudo passwd root


cd /usr

mkdir java

cd java

mv /home/#username#/Downloads/jre-7u9-linux-i586.rpm .

apt-get install alien

alien jre-7u9-linuxi586.rpm

dpkg -i jre_1.7.009-1_i386.deb

cd /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/

ln -s /usr/java/jre1.7.0_09/lib/i386/ .

You may also to open the Text Editor (Ubuntu -> Text Editor)
Open -> Type a file name icon (on the top left corner) -> .bashrc (from your home directory)
Add this line at the end


And save the file

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Gundar Abella Posse replied on Tue, 2012/12/18 - 5:14am

You can give a try the WebUpd8 Java PPA. Last version of Java6 and Java7.

Rodrigo Martins replied on Wed, 2012/12/19 - 11:39am

I also wrote a post about that: Installing Java 

Thai Dang Vu replied on Wed, 2012/12/19 - 12:31pm

If you don't bother use alien to convert a rpm to a deb, then I think going to and downloading jdk-7u10-linux-x64.tar.gz are better.

Dean Schulze replied on Wed, 2012/12/19 - 4:20pm

This will install OpenJDK

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

I think that package name incorrect.  To be sure about the correct package name from the shell type


and Ubuntu will show the correct package name.  (The jps command is a binary from the JDK and if you don't already have a JDK installed Ubuntu will show the suggested packages to install).

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