How to install OpenJDK 11 on Ubuntu 19

Install OpenJDK 11 on Ubuntu 19

In this tutorial, I will show you how to install OpenJDK 11 on Ubuntu 19. The Java Development Kit (JDK) is a software development environment used for developing Java applications and applets. It includes the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), an interpreter/loader (java), a compiler (javac), an archiver (jar), a documentation generator (Javadoc) and other tools needed in Java development.


  • Ubuntu 19  installed with root access

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Install OpenJDK 11

Here we will use apt to install Java 11 on Ubuntu 19

$ sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

Check java Version

Now after installing open JDK check the version using the following command

$ java -version
openjdk version "11.0.3" 2019-04-16
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.3+7-Ubuntu-1ubuntu219.04.1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.3+7-Ubuntu-1ubuntu219.04.1, mixed mode, sharing)

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Set Java Home Environment

We need to set Java home Environment Variable in order to use java with some applications. Let’s get started.

$ sudo update-alternatives --config java

update-alternatives --config java
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-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java 1081 manual mode

Press to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

Option 1: Set Environment Variable

$ export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java

$ echo $JAVA_HOME

Option 2: Adding in .bash_profile

In this option, I will add an entry in .bash_profile.

$ vim ~/.bash_profile

add the following and save and quit.

$ export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java

Now source the file.

$ source ~/.bash_profile

Now check the Java Home

$ echo $JAVA_HOME

If you have any issue using this tutorial please feel free to comment below.

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