It’s restricted to 64-bit machines and Charles is unhappy about it. Hopefully, they’ll release a 32-bit version as well.
Type “sw_vers” in a terminal to check the Mac OS X version as shown below:
ProductName: Mac OS X
Alternatively, “About This Mac” in the Apple menu shows you the version as well as shown below:
Anyway, after verifying the system requirements, download 57MB bundle and install it following the standard instructions.
And now successfully installed:
It gets installed in “/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0″ and shows the version number as:
|/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Home/bin >./java -version
java version “1.6.0_05″
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_05-b13-120)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 1.6.0_05-b13-52, mixed mode)
The default Java version can be changed by using “Java Preferences” as shown below:
/Applications/Utilities/Java Preferences.app/Contents/MacOS >./”Java Preferences”
The following window shows up:
Pick the version of your choice and that should get you going!
These are the days before JavaOne and all my demos on this machine have been tested using the default J2SE 5. But I’ll play with the new release after JavaOne anyway
A complete archive of all Mac OS X tips on this blog are available here.