installing the latest jdk7 for mac

Scott Kovatch scott.kovatch at
Thu Mar 29 12:16:20 PDT 2012

On Mar 29, 2012, at 10:59 AM, Rick Hillegas wrote:

> I downloaded the latest installer from and then ran it. When I got to the step which was supposed to let me choose where to install the  jdk, I did not see any control for configuring this location or any indication of where the files would be dropped. I continued with the installation, nonetheless. Afterward, I was not able to find the installation with this command:
>  find / -name "*jdk1.7.0_04*"
> Any ideas about what I am doing wrong, how I can coax the installer into letting me choose a destination directory, and/or where the files were written? I am running Mac OSX 10.7.3 on a macbook pro.

The JDK must go into /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines. We do this because doing so will make it the default JDK for all of the command-line tools.

Why do you want to put it into a custom location?  Java VMs on the Mac have been installed into this location for some time now. 

I do have a to-do item to write up some instructions on how to verify that you have JDK 7 and that it is the default JDK, but just open up a Terminal window and type 'java -version'.  /usr/libexec/java_home will tell you, too.

-- Scott

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