My home banking system requires Java for logging onto the bank - see https://www.nemid.nu/ for a description of the system (in Danish only).

This worked fine in Chrome under Mac OS X until recently when in suddenly required a new download of the Java plug-in. Unfortunately, Oracle gives me the following message:

Chrome does not support Java 7. Java 7 runs only on 64-bit browsers and Chrome is a 32-bit browser.

If you download Java 7, you will not be able to run Java content in Chrome and will need to use a 64-bit browser (such as Safari or Firefox) to run Java content within a browser. Additionally, installing Java 7 will disable the ability to use Apple Java 6 on your system.

Note that I cannot uninstall Java 7 from my Mac as this is used for my job.

What can I do now - besides using Safari for my home banking? I cannot find a 64-bit Chrome and although Chrome should support it, there does not seem to be any plans for an official release.

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  • The comment on the un-migrated question is pretty spot-on. If you need to use chrome instead of Safari for your banking, you might look into a virtual machine. Sep 19, 2012 at 20:24
  • The problem is, I have other problems with Safari, so if I can avoid it, then I would really prefer that... Sep 19, 2012 at 20:27
  • Running a virtualized copy of windows or OS X or linux would probably be your best bet then. Anything else is likely to involve you getting your hands very dirty with a compiler and an open-sourced JDK or waiting until the x64 mac build is completed. Sep 19, 2012 at 22:29
  • luckily for you (and everyone in DK) in the long run you won't need Java to use Nem-ID Read-here (danish)
    – user238701
    Jul 17, 2013 at 11:28

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I noticed a workaround mentioned in the Chrome forum.

you can temporarily re-enable the Apple-provided Java SE 6 applet plug-in and Web Start functionality which supposedly can let you re-use java 6 again in chrome.

Found via Chrome forum thread "Where can i download Chrome 64-bit?"

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    I had the same problem and it worked like a charm for me. Thanks Nov 22, 2012 at 4:41
  • PURE AWESOME! Thanks a lot ++1. Java working finally in Google Chrome with OSX 10.9.4, earlier used just firefox for Java.
    – hhh
    Jul 18, 2014 at 22:21

If your situation is that you upgraded to 10.8.2 but already had a functioning javaws that no longer launches when needed, you can get away with just step 5 of the instructions pointed to by Jesper Rønn-Jensen:

sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Commands/javaws /usr/bin/javaws
  • I haven't "upgraded" to 10.8.x - and probably never will as there are too many changes I don't really like :-) Dec 11, 2012 at 9:36

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