Oracle Sun Java JDK in Kali Linux

POST UPDATED with latest version of Java: 18/12/2013.

How to Install Java JDK in Kali Linux

This is a small guide with instructions that users can copy paste and make Java work in their Kali Linux. Thanks to purehate for providing original instructions. I’ve modified his instruction to suit my needs and I hope this will benefit users as well.

So lets get on with this guide…

Instructions on How to Install Java JDK in Kali Linux:

Download the latest Java SE SDK version

Go to the following link and download jdk7. At the time of writing this guide the jdk version was jdk-7u45-linux-x64. Note that I’m using x64 which is 64-bit. 32-bit users should choose their versions accordingly. Not that tough really!

Following is what I’ve used.


Again, at the time of writing this guide the available version was jdk-7u45-linux-x64.tar.gz

Download and save the file in /root directory.

UnTar the Archive and move to /opt

tar -xzvf /root/jdk-7u45-linux-x64.tar.gz
mv jdk1.7.0_45 /opt
cd /opt/jdk1.7.0_45

Install and register binaries

This step registers the downloaded version of Java as an alternative, and switches it to be used as the default:

update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/java 1
update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/javac 1
update-alternatives --install /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/jre/lib/amd64/ 1
update-alternatives --set java /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/java
update-alternatives --set javac /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/bin/javac
update-alternatives --set /opt/jdk1.7.0_45/jre/lib/amd64/


First of all, close your browser and re-open. You won’t believe how many users actually forgets to do this step and later complains Java ain’t working. I’d advise to bookmark this site to be able to reopen these instructions quickly, or simply copy these into a leafpad/vi/text file.

To check the version of Java you are now running

java -version

To check the browser plugin just click Do I have Java?

This should take you to Oracles Java website and you will see a confirmation message.

After Java the next step is obviously installing Flash. No one want’s to miss Youtube cat videos! Well, maybe not everyone. Here’s the guide to enable Flash in Kali Linux How to Install Flash in Kali Linux.

Thanks for reading.

End of How to Install Java JDK in Kali Linux guide.

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