Is it possible to update my imac snow leopard X 10.6.8 with Java 7? I'm just a user - not a developer and I need Java 7 to access data from a website that I frequently use. I'm afraid to plunge forward and run into more problems. Thanx
migrated from stackoverflow.com Dec 27 '12 at 18:45
MAC is using their update system to provide you with the latest Java update. So just update your mac system and if there is a new version of java for mac, then you'll get it.
To update you have to click your apple icon and select the update menu item.
Besides I think this is the wrong forum for such questions :)
Just found out that apple only released their own version as 1.6, so to get Java 7 you can download it from Oracle's homepage - http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html
As others have stated, Oracle is only supporting Java 7 on Mac OS X 10.7 and above. The openjdk-osx-build project (http://code.google.com/p/openjdk-osx-build/) was creating OpenJDK 7 builds for OS X 10.6, but has recently shuttered the operation.
The build and package scripts were moved to the OBuildFactory project. This recent OBuildFactory post indicates there will be no further efforts to build OpenJDK 7 on OS X 10.6: https://github.com/hgomez/obuildfactory/issues/3
It looks like rolling your own OpenJDK 7 got a lot harder. If you need Java 7, upgrading to OS X 10.8 is probably the easiest route (upgrade from the Mac App Store costs $19.99) -- but your desktop will start looking and behaving more like a phone.