Install/Manage Multiple JAVA versions — MacOS BigSur
Greetings geeks 👋 …
Normally we need to switch multiple java versions when we are switching/troubleshooting different projects right?
So, Today we are going to discuss on how to do this in a hassle-free way. 😎
We are using the jenv command-line tool for this.
We can install it by cloning the repo or using our most popular package manager Homebrew. Let’s move with homebrew.
If you don’t have homebrew, please run the below command to install as in https://brew.sh/
/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
Then we can install the jenv as below,
brew install jenv
Next, we need to add the below to the shell configuration file as per the above output. In my case, it’s
~/.zshrc. If you are using bash, then it would be
Then we need to restart the terminal or re-source your configurations as below.
To verify jenv was installed, run
You’ll observe the following output (Since we just installed the jenv, it shows that the jenv is correctly loaded but java is not yet installed.):
Run the below command as well in order to make sure that the
JAVA_HOME is set.
jenv enable-plugin export
Restart the terminal and echo the
👏 Great Job! We have successfully installed the jenv.
Install Multiple Java Versions
Here is the interesting part where we going to install the JDKs.
1. Install the latest OpenJDK
Run the below command to install using homebrew.
brew install java
Above will install the latest(17.0.2) OpenJDK version as per the now.
2. Adding the JDK home to jenv
Then we need to notify jenv about the installed JDK in order to perform the switching.
jenv add <JDK_PATH>
You will see the above output if it is successfully added.
Let’s install another JDK version which is 11.
Then we can list all the added JDKs to the jenv using the below command.
Setting a Global Java Version
Use the below command to set the global java version,
jenv global <JAVA_VERSION>
Setting a Local Java Version for the current working directory
Use the below command to set the local java version,
jenv local <JAVA_VERSION>
Setting a shell instance Java Version
jenv shell <JAVA_VERSION>
That’s it and now you can switch between multiple java versions in a few keystrokes.
I hope that you find this article helpful…