Is there a way of pointing to the proper Java/JRE in dbeaver.ini?

This works:

dbeaver.exe -vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_131\bin\server"

...but this way I can't pin DBeaver to taskbar (its icon gets duplicated)

Is there a way of achieving the above within the ini file? Or does the JRE need to be determined before dbeaver.ini file is read?

(I would like to stick to DBeaver without installing its bundled JRE.)

These are -vm args I tested as #1 line of dbeaver.ini:

-vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_131\bin"
-vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_131\bin\javaw.exe"
-vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_131\bin\server"
-vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_131\bin\server\jvm.dll"

4 Answers 4



Specify the -vm argument after the -startup and -launcher.library arguments but before -vmargs. Additionally the path to the JRE should be on the line after -vm without the path quoted, e.g.

C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_121\bin\server\jvm.dll

How did you install DBeaver? From the downloads page:

If you already have JRE installed on your computer you may disable JRE option in installer. However it is recommended to use JRE shipped with DBeaver (it won’t be break any existing JRE installation, nothing will be copied in system folders, registry or environment variables).

Did you disable the JRE option when installing?

  • Yes sir, I have disabled/unchecked installation of DBeaver's JRE. And I would like to point DBeaver to one of the JREs I have on my machine. Jun 15, 2017 at 12:05
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    @JaroslavZáruba Have you added -vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_131\bin\server\javaw.exe" to your dbeaver.ini BEFORE -vmargs?
    – Kyle
    Jun 15, 2017 at 13:08
  • javaw.exe is not under server\ (checked all JDKs/JREs under C:\Program Files\Java)... but I have updated the question with list of -vm I tested Jun 16, 2017 at 7:53
  • Regardless of what I put into the -vm arg I see following on the 3rd line of the error report: "java.version=1.7.0_55" Jun 16, 2017 at 8:13
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    @JaroslavZáruba, I've updated my answer to show an example .ini. I tested with a fresh install of DBeaver on Win 7 without JRE and pointed it to an existing JRE with success this way.
    – Kyle
    Jun 16, 2017 at 14:04

For Arch/Manjaro users ...

sudo pacman -S jre-openjdk
archlinux-java status

The answer could be something like ...

Available Java environments:
  java-8-openjdk (default) 

Then you need to change the default environment with:

sudo archlinux-java set java-15-openjdk

That's it!


This is my solution for Linux users. Dbeaver configuration file is located in the following folder:


Edit dbeaver.ini by adding these lines at the top of the file:


On macOS, I was able to check the location of my JDK with this:

$ /usr/libexec/java_home -F

Then I could use that value to replace the -vm value in dbeaver.ini, which is within DBeaver.app:

$ nano /Applications/DBeaver.app/Contents/Eclipse/dbeaver.ini 

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