Change JDK and JRE in Eclipse for Mac OS
Install / check the path of JRE and JDK on your Mac
This part is optional but many developers asked for this information.
You can install the JDK on MacOS with the following tools:
- SDKMan https://sdkman.io
With SDKMan you can install multiple versions of the JDK from multiple providers (Oracle, Amazon Corretto, OpenJDK, Microsoft OpenJDK etc.).
To install the latest Eclipse Temurin:
sdk install java , to install the preview of the SDK 18, e.g. :
sdk install java 18.ea.27-open
SDKMan stores the JDKs in the path:
/Users/[user]/.sdkman/candidates/java and the current:
SDKMan should set your
JAVA_HOME variable to the selected version too.
Brew is ‘de facto’ package manager for MacOS, with Brew you can install the latest version of the Oracle JDK.
- Download directly from the Vendor / Provider
Eclipse Temurin will install the JDK in the following path:
Oracle JDK will install the JDK in the following path:
Set the JDK in Eclipse during the installation
When you install Eclipse you can select the path of the SDK that you installed in the previous chapter. If you click on the folder Eclipse will suggest some JDK and JRE installed on your system. It won’t suggest the JDK installed with SDKMan, you can choose these manually using Browse…
Change the JDK in Eclipse
Sometimes it happens that we have to change or add the JDK/JRE version used by eclipse and/or we want to access the correct source code of the JDK.
Here the step-by-step procedure under Mac OS X:
- In the menu click
Eclipse -> Preferences
- Search for the Installed JRE (currently the Eclipse Temurin 17) and click ‘Add…’
- Add… and select the JRE or JDK Home path
In my case I want to use the preview of Java 18 installed with SDKMan, I select the path of this JDK
To access the sources select src.zip in the JRE System Libraries and click Source Attachment …
The change is effective only for the new projects, if you want to change the JDK/JRE for an existing project:
- Click with the right button on the project and choose ‘Properties’. Search for ‘Java Build Path’ and select the JRE under Libraries. Click the ‘Edit’ button.
- Choose the new JRE
- (Optional) Restart Eclipse
Without a restarting if you try to call the JRE sources Eclipse will throw an error