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Macintosh Computers Install/Update Java

Introduction

Instructions to install or update Java for Macintosh computers.

The Java website provides a very useful FAQ for Installing, Updating, Removing and Configuring Java for Mac computers (external link).

Instructions

Instructions: 

Mac OS X 10.6 or lower (Snow Leopard, Leopard or lower)

  1. Macs with OS X 10. 6.x or lower will no longer run Java. Apple has disabled Java for these operating systems. Update your Mac operating system to OS X 10.7 Lion or or 10.8 Mountain Lion then follow the instructions below to install Java. 

INSTALL Java 7.x for Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher (Lion or Mountain Lion)

  1. First, make sure your Operating System is updated. Click the Apple icon on your desktop then Software Update.
  2. Next, to install Java go to the Java website: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp. Click to download the Mac OS X update (for version 10.7.3 and above). Click the link just to the right of the red arrow icon to get the download.
  3. Download and then run the update, clicking Yes, OK, and Install as prompted. Make sure to uncheck any box for installing the Ask Toolbar. You do not want to install the Ask Toolbar, only Java.
  4. If you get a message saying you have already installed the update and your system is current then no further action is needed.

INSTALL Java Using self Service college software distribution

  1. First, make sure your Operating System is updated. In the Finder menu, click the Apple icon then Software Update.
  2. Next go to Applications > Self Service > Plugins and select Java to install.
  3. If prompted, restart your computer to complete the Java installation.

Update Java 7.x for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (Lion or Mountain Lion)

  1. If Java is installed on your computer and you want to update it, go to System Preferences then click Java to open the Java Control Panel.
  2. Select the Update tab to initiate an update check.
  3. If you get a message saying you have already installed the update and your system is current then no further action is needed. Otherwise the update will run as needed.
    Note
    : The current version of Java (Java 7.x) will not work correctly with Google Chrome or any 32-bit browser on Macintosh computers.

DO NOT update, disable or uninstall Java on any classroom, computer center or lab computers. IT manages the versions of Java and web browsers installed on these computers. The computers are monitored for malware and IT will handle any malware issues that occur.

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