Java 8 – Environment Setup

Java 8 – Environment Setup

Local Environment Setup

If you want to set up your own environment for Java programming language, then this section guides you through the whole process. Please follow the steps given below to set up your Java environment.

Java SE is available for download for free. To download click here, please download a version compatible with your operating system.

Follow the instructions to download Java, and run the .exe to install Java on your machine. Once you have installed Java on your machine, you would need to set environment variables to point to correct installation directories.

Setting Up the Path for Windows 2000/XP

Assuming you have installed Java in c:Program Filesjavajdk directory −

  • Right-click on ‘My Computer’ and select ‘Properties’.
  • Click on the ‘Environment variables’ button under the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  • Now, edit the ‘Path’ variable and add the path to the Java executable directory at the end of it. For example, if the path is currently set toC:WindowsSystem32, then edit it the following way

    C:WindowsSystem32;c:Program Filesjavajdkbin.

Setting Up the Path for Windows 95/98/ME

Assuming you have installed Java in c:Program Filesjavajdk directory −

  • Edit the ‘C:autoexec.bat’ file and add the following line at the end −
    SET PATH=%PATH%;C:Program Filesjavajdkbin

Setting Up the Path for Linux, UNIX, Solaris, FreeBSD

Environment variable PATH should be set to point to where the Java binaries have been installed. Refer to your shell documentation if you have trouble doing this.

For example, if you use bash as your shell, then you would add the following line at the end of your .bashrc

export PATH=/path/to/java:$PATH'

Popular Java Editors

To write Java programs, you need a text editor. There are even more sophisticated IDEs available in the market. The most popular ones are briefly described below −

  • Notepad − On Windows machine, you can use any simple text editor like Notepad (recommended for this tutorial) or WordPad. Notepad++ is also a free text editor which enhanced facilities.
  • Netbeans − It is a Java IDE that is open-source and free which can be downloaded from
  • Eclipse − It is also a Java IDE developed by the Eclipse open-source community and can be downloaded from

IDE or Integrated Development Environment, provides all common tools and facilities to aid in programming, such as source code editor, build tools and debuggers etc.

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