Chrome on OS X -- Java plugin / Java 7 vs Java 6 Issue

booyahbooyah

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Original poster
Sep 11, 2011
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I am thoroughly confused about this whole Java on Chrome issue.

I'm using OS X Lion.

On Chrome, I go to www.keepvid.com , enter a Youtube URL and press enter.

I get the message:
Java (TM) is required to display some elements on this page... Install plug-in

When I click on Install-plugin

I get the following message:
Chrome does not support Java 7. Java 7 runs only on 64-bit browsers and Chrome is a 32-bit browser.

WTH am I supposed to do?
 

MisterMe

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Jul 17, 2002
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You title your thread Chrome on OS X -- Java plugin / Java 7 vs Java 6 Issue, but you say nothing about Java 6. Why is that? Perhaps, you should install Java 6.
 

MLinneer

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Mar 18, 2013
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Sherman, TX
Apple only supports Java 6 (32 bit) on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. See this:

http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1573

Apple has moved support for Java 7 (64 bit) to Oracle, www.java.com for the latest download.

Chrome, being 32 bit, doesn't work with the 64 bit plugin. For Java apps, I've been using Safari or, even better, Firefox. I've seen a few posts on the internet about a hack to get the 32 bit plugin to work with Chrome on Lion and Mountain Lion, but it involves several Terminal commands to swap the plugin files. I also don't believe you can have both Java 6 and Java 7 working on the same system.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5559

The easiest solution is just use Safari or Firefox with the latest (and most secure) Oracle plugin for those sites that require Java.
 

booyahbooyah

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 11, 2011
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You title your thread Chrome on OS X -- Java plugin / Java 7 vs Java 6 Issue, but you say nothing about Java 6. Why is that? Perhaps, you should install Java 6.
And how do I do that if my Mac already has Java 7 on it?