I am a new Mac user. I need to install Java on my Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

How do I accomplish this?

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    What situation makes you think Java is missing? Is there something that does not work?
    – Jonik
    Feb 21, 2010 at 8:57

3 Answers 3


Java comes already installed. It should be: /usr/bin/java

What makes you think it is missing?


and you can configure java with "Java Preferences.app" located in /Applications/Utilities


Java is already installed on Mac.

Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/ and type java -version. You should see something like this:

java version "1.6.0_17"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_17-b04-248-10M3025)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 14.3-b01-101, mixed mode)

If appears -bash: java: command not found, ore anything else, please write below comments for further instructions.

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