How To Install Java with Apt on Ubuntu 22.04

Updated on August 31, 2022
How To Install Java with Apt on Ubuntu 22.04
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Java and the JVM (Java’s virtual machine) are required for many kinds of software, including Tomcat, Jetty, Glassfish, Cassandra and Jenkins.

In this guide, you will install various versions of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and the Java Developer Kit (JDK) using apt. You’ll install OpenJDK as well as the official JDK from Oracle. You’ll then select the version you wish to use for your projects. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to use the JDK to develop software or use the Java Runtime to run software.

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To follow this tutorial, you will need:

Step 1 — Installing Java

An installation of Java comes with two main components. The JDK provides essential software tools to develop in Java, such as a compiler and debugger. The JRE is used to actually execute Java programs. Furthermore, there are two main installation options of Java to choose from. OpenJDK is the open-source implementation of Java and comes packaged with Ubuntu. Oracle JDK is the original version of Java and is fully maintained by Oracle, the developers of Java.

Both of these versions are officially recognized by Oracle. Both are also developed by Oracle, but OpenJDK has the addition of community contributions due to its open-source nature. However, starting with Java 11 the two options are now functionally identical as detailed by Oracle. The choice between which to install comes down to choosing the appropriate licensing for your circumstance. Additionally, OpenJDK has the option to install the JRE separately, while OracleJDK comes packaged with its JRE.

Option 1 — Installing the Default JRE/JDK

One option for installing Java is to use the version packaged with Ubuntu. By default, Ubuntu 22.04 includes Open JDK 11, which is an open-source variant of the JRE and JDK.

To install the OpenJDK version of Java, first update your apt package index:

  1. sudo apt update

Next, check if Java is already installed:

  1. java -version

If Java is not currently installed, you’ll get the following output:

Command 'java' not found, but can be installed with: sudo apt install default-jre # version 2:1.11-72build1, or sudo apt install openjdk-11-jre-headless # version 11.0.14+9-0ubuntu2 sudo apt install openjdk-17-jre-headless # version 17.0.2+8-1 sudo apt install openjdk-18-jre-headless # version 18~36ea-1 sudo apt install openjdk-8-jre-headless # version 8u312-b07-0ubuntu1

Execute the following command to install the JRE from OpenJDK 11:

  1. sudo apt install default-jre

The JRE will allow you to run almost all Java software.

Verify the installation with:

  1. java -version

You’ll receive output similar to the following:

openjdk version "11.0.14" 2022-01-18 OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.14+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2) OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.14+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2, mixed mode, sharing)

You may need the JDK in addition to the JRE in order to compile and run some specific Java-based software. To install the JDK, execute the following command, which will also install the JRE:

  1. sudo apt install default-jdk

Verify that the JDK is installed by checking the version of javac, the Java compiler:

  1. javac -version

You’ll see the following output:

javac 11.0.14

Next, you’ll learn how to install Oracle’s official JDK and JRE.

Option 2 — Installing Oracle JDK 11

Oracle’s licensing agreement for Java doesn’t allow automatic installation through package managers. To install the Oracle JDK, which is the official version distributed by Oracle, you must create an Oracle account and manually download the JDK to add a new package repository for the version you’d like to use. Then you can use apt to install it with help from a third party installation script. Oracle JDK comes with the JRE included, so you don’t need to install that separately.

The version of Oracle’s JDK you’ll need to download must match the version of the installer script. To find out which version you need, visit the oracle-java11-installer page.

Locate the package for Jammy, as shown in the following figure:

Installer package for Ubuntu 22.04

In this image, the version of the script is 11.0.13. In this case, you would need Oracle JDK 11.0.13. Your version number may vary depending on when you’re installing the software.

You don’t need to download anything from this page; you’ll download the installation script through apt shortly.

Next, visit the Archive Downloads and locate the version that matches the one you need.

The Oracle Java archive downloads web page where you can find versions of Java that are not the latest release.

From this list, choose the Linux x64 compressed archive .tar.gz package:

Linux download

You’ll be presented with a screen asking you to accept the Oracle license agreement. Select the checkbox to accept the license agreement and press the Download button. Your download will begin. You may need to log in to your Oracle account one more time before the download starts.

Once the file has downloaded, you’ll need to transfer it to your server. On your local machine, upload the file to your server. On macOS, Linux, or Windows using the Windows Subsystem for Linux, use the scp command to transfer the file to the home directory of your sammy user. The following command assumes you’ve saved the Oracle JDK file to your local machine’s Downloads folder:

  1. scp Downloads/jdk-11.0.13_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz sammy@your_server_ip:~

Once the file upload has completed, return to your server and add the third-party repository that will help you install Oracle’s Java.

First, import the signing key used to verify the software you’re about to install:

  1. sudo gpg --homedir /tmp --no-default-keyring --keyring /usr/share/keyrings/oracle-jdk11-installer.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys EA8CACC073C3DB2A

You’ll see this output:

gpg: keybox '/usr/share/keyrings/oracle-jdk11-installer.gpg' created gpg: /tmp/trustdb.gpg: trustdb created gpg: key EA8CACC073C3DB2A: public key "Launchpad PPA for Linux Uprising" imported gpg: Total number processed: 1 gpg: imported: 1

Next, add the repository to your list of package sources:

  1. echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/oracle-jdk11-installer.gpg] https://ppa.launchpadcontent.net/linuxuprising/java/ubuntu jammy main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/oracle-jdk11-installer.list > /dev/null

Update your package list to make the new software available for installation:

  1. sudo apt update

The installer will look for the Oracle JDK you downloaded in /var/cache/oracle-jdk11-installer-local. Create this directory and move the Oracle JDK archive there:

  1. sudo mkdir -p /var/cache/oracle-jdk11-installer-local/
  2. sudo cp jdk-11.0.13_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz /var/cache/oracle-jdk11-installer-local/

Finally, install the package:

  1. sudo apt install oracle-java11-installer-local

The installer will first ask you to accept the Oracle license agreement. Accept the agreement, then the installer will extract the Java package and install it.

Now you’ll look at how to select the version of Java you want to use.

Step 2 — Managing Java

You can have multiple Java installations on one server. You can configure which version is the default for use on the command line by using the update-alternatives command.

  1. sudo update-alternatives --config java

This is what the output would look like if you’ve installed both versions of Java in this tutorial:

There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java). Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ 0 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1111 auto mode 1 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1111 manual mode * 2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-oracle/bin/java 1091 manual mode Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

Choose the number associated with the Java version to use it as the default, or press ENTER to leave the current settings in place.

You can do this for other Java commands, such as the compiler (javac):

  1. sudo update-alternatives --config javac

Other commands for which this command can be run include, but are not limited to: keytool, javadoc, and jarsigner.

Step 3 — Setting the JAVA_HOME Environment Variable

Many programs written using Java use the JAVA_HOME environment variable to determine the Java installation location.

To set this environment variable, first determine where Java is installed. Use the update-alternatives command:

  1. sudo update-alternatives --config java

This command shows each installation of Java along with its installation path:

There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java). Selection Path Priority Status ------------------------------------------------------------ 0 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1111 auto mode 1 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1111 manual mode * 2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-oracle/bin/java 1091 manual mode Press <enter> to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

In this case the installation paths are as follows:

  1. OpenJDK 11 is located at /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java.
  2. Oracle Java is located at /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-oracle/jre/bin/java.

Copy the path from your preferred installation. Then open /etc/environment using nano or your favorite text editor:

  1. sudo nano /etc/environment

At the end of this file, add the following line, making sure to replace the highlighted path with your own copied path, and to not include the bin/ portion of the path:


Modifying this file will set the JAVA_HOME path for all users on your system.

Save the file and exit the editor.

Now reload this file to apply the changes to your current session:

  1. source /etc/environment

Verify that the environment variable is set:

  1. echo $JAVA_HOME

You’ll see the path you just set:


Other users will need to execute the command source /etc/environment or log out and log back in to apply this setting.


In this tutorial you installed multiple versions of Java and learned how to manage them. You can now install software which runs on Java, such as Tomcat, Jetty, Glassfish, Cassandra or Jenkins.

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