Java confusion

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DianeK, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. DianeK macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2013
    Please help me sort this out. So Apple released the update to it's Java 6. Oracle has released Java 7. Which one should be used? I did a spotlight search (see screenshot) and I can't even tell if I have Java on my computer... is that what Java VisualVM is?

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Apple has well and truly jacked this whole Java thing up beyond belief, so you are not alone in your confusion.

    First we had Java 6 provided by Apple. That provided the ability to run local Java apps like Crashplan etc. and also provided a web plugin. Then Java 7 cam along and replaced the Java web plugin with the Java 7 version.

    So what you have now on a default install is Java 6 will install the first time you run a local app that needs it, then the Oracle updates provide Java 7 for the web plugin part of all this.

    Go the above link to make sure you have the latest Java 7 version.

    The short answer is they coexist and are for different purposes.
  3. DianeK thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2013
    Thank you for that explanation - that helps.

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