How do I install Java for my Mac?This article applies to:
- Platform(s): macOS
Mac System Requirements for Oracle Java 7 and later versions
- Intel-based Mac running versions 10.7.3 and above
- Administrator privileges
- A 64-bit browser (e.g., Safari)
- 32-bit browsers do not support Java 7 and later versions on the Mac platform
Note that Apple has removed NPAPI plugin support in its Safari browser version 12, and therefore Java Plugin cannot be enabled in Safari browser version 12 and above. More info
The screen shots and instructions below are for Java 8 Update 65 (8u65). If you are installing another version, make sure you change the version number appropriately.
Example: For Java 8 Update 65 (8u65) the file to download is jre-8u65-macosx-x64.pkg.
Notifications about disabled Java and restoring prompts
The installer notifies you if Java content is disabled in web browsers, and provides instructions for enabling it. If you previously chose to hide some of the security prompts for applets and Java Web Start applications, the installer provides an option for restoring the prompts. The installer may ask you to reboot your computer if you chose not to restart an internet browser when it prompted you to do so.Test Installation
To test that Java is installed and working properly on your computer, run this test applet.
Install Java on Mac
- Download the
Review and agree to the terms of the license agreement before downloading the file.
- Double-click the .pkg file to launch it
- Double-click on the package icon to launch install Wizard
- The Install Wizard displays the Welcome to Java installation screen. Click Next
- After the installation has completed, a confirmation screen appears. Click Close to finish the installation process.
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About Mac Scripting
Scripting allows you to automate complex, repetitive, and time-consuming tasks by writing scripts that interact with apps, processes, and the operating system. A script consists of a series of statements, each of which performs a specific operation. These statements work together to automate tasks. Through scripting, you can create powerful workflow solutions that enhance productivity, reduce errors, save time, and save money.
OS X also includes Automator, an app for building workflows that run prebuilt, configurable actions to perform tasks in apps and throughout the operating system. Automator doesn’t require you to write any code, but can be extended through scripting. Because Automator uses preconceived actions and operates in a linear manner, it’s more limited in functionality than scripting. Automator is great for performing simple tasks involving a small number of sequential steps or apps. Scripting is a better choice for performing advanced, branching, or complex tasks.
Python and Perl are other examples of scripting languages.
AppleScript is a mature scripting language developed by Apple. It’s relatively easy to learn in relation to other scripting and programming languages, has been around since System 7.1, and has been widely adopted in both enterprise and personal workflows. While the AppleScript scripting language uses an English-like terminology which may appear simple, it is a rich, object-oriented language, capable of performing complicated programming tasks.
The core fundamentals of AppleScript are described in AppleScript Language Guide, as well as in numerous third-party books.