How to Install Java 8 on AWS Cloud9 IDE

Install Java 8 on AWS Cloud9 IDE
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This quick post will help you install Java 8 on AWS cloud9 IDE. By default cloud9 is on Linux platform and it runs java 7. So you need to install java8 to get started with your development.

Install Java 8 on AWS Cloud9 IDE

While creating a cloud9 environment there are three options for platform to choose from as you can see in above screenshot as well.

  • Amazon Linux
  • Amazon Linux 2
  • Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS

Please note that, if you create a cloud9 IDE using Ubuntu server, it already comes with java8. However, I will provide installation command for Linux as well as Ubuntu server for your reference.

If you want to have the command straightaway, you can find them below for Linux as well as Ubuntu Server.

However, If you would like to understand each command and see the installation step by step, keep reading the post till the end.

For Amazon Linux:

java -version
sudo yum -y update
sudo yum -y install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo update-alternatives --config javac
java -version

For Ubuntu Server:

java -version
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -y openjdk-8-jdk
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo update-alternatives --config javac
java -version

Steps to Install Java 8 on AWS Cloud9 IDE

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Step 1: Check Java Version

I always start with checking the java version. you can run below command for Linux/Ubuntu

java -version

When you run this command in a newly created cloud9(Linux) environment, you will see output like below.

Install Java 8 on AWS Cloud9 IDE

Which proves that by default cloud 9 on Linux has Java7 installed. So let’s proceed with step 2.

Step 2: Install Latest Security Updates

After checking the java version now we know that we need to install java8. But before doing that let’s install latest security updates. It’s a good security practice to update latest security updates.

Amazon Linux:

sudo yum -y update

Ubuntu Server:

sudo apt update

Step 3: Install OpenJDK 8

Latest security updates are installed so let’s install openjdk8 now

Amazon Linux:

sudo yum -y install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

Ubuntu:

sudo apt install -y openjdk-8-jdk

Step 4: Switch the default Java env to OpenJDK 8

Run below command to switch or upgrade the command line versions of the Java runner(java) and compiler(javac).

sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo update-alternatives --config javac

Choose selection number which contains java8 as shown in below screenshot.

install java8 on cloud9

Step 5: Check Java version Again

After doing selection, let’s run java – version again to ensure it’s point to opnejdk8 now.

java -version

Step 6 : Remove Java7 Package

I always like to keep my environment clean and keep only required things. As I don’t need java7 anymore so I am removing it with below command

For Amazon Linux:

sudo yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel

With the removal of java7 from the cloud9 IDE, installation of java8 in cloud9 IDE is complete.

Conclusion:

In this post, you learnt to install Java 8 on AWS cloud9 IDE. We also provided a set of command for Linux as well as Ubuntu server to install java8.

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