I am new to Linux system and there seem to be too many Java folders.

java -version gives me:

  • java version "1.7.0_55"
  • OpenJDK Runtime Environment (rhel- u55-b13)
  • OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.51-b03, mixed mode)

When I am trying to build a Maven project , I am getting error:

Error: JAVA_HOME is not defined correctly.
We cannot execute /usr/java/jdk1.7.0_05/bin/java

Could you please tell me which files I need to modify for root as well as not-root user and where exactly is java located?

Solution 1

  1. find /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.x.x-openjdk
  2. vim /etc/profile

    Prepend sudo if logged in as not-privileged user, ie. sudo vim

  3. Press 'i' to get in insert mode
  4. add:

    export JAVA_HOME="path that you found"
    export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH
  5. logout and login again, reboot, or use source /etc/profile to apply changes immediately in your current shell

Solution 2

For all users, I would recommend creating a file in /etc/profile.d/ the following lines

# Set JDK installation directory according to selected Java compiler

export JAVA_HOME=$(readlink -f /usr/bin/javac | sed "s:/bin/javac::")

This will update dynamically and works well with the alternatives system. Do note though that the update will only take place in a new login shell.

Solution 3

You could use /etc/profile or better a file like /etc/profile.d/

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.7.0_05/

You have to remember that this file is only loaded with new login shells.. So after bash -l or a new gnome-session and that it doesn't change with new Java versions.

Solution 4

None of the other answers were "sticking" for me in RHEL 7, even setting JAVA_HOME and PATH directly in /etc/profile or ~/.bash_profile would not work. Each time I tried to check if JAVA_HOME was set, it would come up blank:

$ echo $JAVA_HOME
    (<-- no output)

What I had to do was set up a script in /etc/profile.d/

export JAVA_HOME=/opt/ibm/java-x86_64-60/
export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

I initially neglected the first line (the #!/bin/sh), and it won't work without it.

Now it's working:

$ echo $JAVA_HOME

Solution 5

  1. Open terminal and type sudo gedit .bashrc

  2. It will ask you your password. After typing the password, it will open the bash file. Then go to end and type:

    export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/"
    export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin
  3. Then save the file and exit from file

Above is for a single user. For all users, you have to follow below steps

  1. gedit /etc/profile

  2. export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/"

  3. export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin

Solution 6

Copy the bin file path you installed


open terminal and edit environment file by typing following command,

sudo nano /etc/environment

In this file, add the following line (replacing YOUR_PATH by the just copied path):


That should be enough to set the environment variable. Now reload this file:

source /etc/environment

now test it by executing:


Solution 7

Doing what Oracle does (as a former Sun Employee I can't get used to that one)

ln -s latestJavaRelease /usr/java/default
Where latestJavaRelease is the version that you want to use

then export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/default

Solution 8

The answer is given previous posts is valid. But not one answer is complete with respect to:

  1. Changing the /etc/profile is not recommended simply because of the reason (as stated in /etc/profile):
  • It's NOT a good idea to change this file unless you know what you are doing. It's much better to create a shell script in /etc/profile.d/ to make custom changes to your environment, as this will prevent the need for merging in future updates.*
  1. So as stated above create /etc/profile.d/ file for custom changes.

  2. Now, to always keep updated with newer versions of Java being installed, never put the absolute path, instead use:

#if making jdk as java home

export JAVA_HOME=$(readlink -f /usr/bin/javac | sed "s:/bin/javac::")


#if making jre as java home

export JAVA_HOME=$(readlink -f /usr/bin/java | sed "s:/bin/java::")

  1. And remember to have #! /bin/bash on the file

Solution 9

First you need to find out which Java is installed in your PC and which one to use. For that open terminal with root permission.

 sudo su

 ls /usr/lib/jvm/

Now it will list the available java versions. Select the listed version.

Copy the path till there.

Now open bashrc

  nano ~/.bashrc

add the following commands to the end

 export JAVA_HOME="path that you copied"

  export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

after that save the file and exit by pressing Ctrl+S followed by Ctrl+X

Now run the below command:

  source ~/.bashrc

Solution 10

1...Using the short cut Ctlr + Alt + T to open terminal

2...Execute the below command:

echo export JAVA_HOME='$(readlink -f /usr/bin/javac | sed "s:/bin/javac::")' | sudo tee /etc/profile.d/ > /dev/null

3...(Recommended) Restart your VM / computer. You can use source /etc/source if don't want to restart computer

4...Using the short cut Ctlr + Alt + T to open terminal

5...Verified JAVA_HOME installment with


One-liner copy from flob, credit to them

Solution 11

This is a very simple script to solve the problem

export JAVA_HOME_BIN=`which java`
export JAVA_HOME_DIR=`dirname $JAVA_HOME_BIN`
export JAVA_HOME=`dirname $JAVA_HOME_DIR`

And for testing:


Solution 12

Posting as answer, as I don't have the privilege to comment.

Point to note: follow the accepted answer posted by "That Dave Guy".

After setting the variables, make sure you set the appropriate permissions to the java directory where it's installed.

chmod -R 755 /usr/java

Solution 13

All operational steps(finding java, parent dir, editing file,...) one solution

zJavaHomePath=$(readlink -ze $(which java) | xargs -0 dirname | xargs -0 dirname)
echo $zJavaHomePath

echo "export JAVA_HOME=\"${zJavaHomePath}\"" >> $zFileProfile
echo "export PATH=\$PATH:\$JAVA_HOME/bin" >> $zFileProfile


# tail -2 $zFileProfile
export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-"
export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin


1) Let's break the full command into pieces

$(readlink -ze $(which java) | xargs -0 dirname | xargs -0 dirname)

2) Find java path from java command

# $(which java)

3) Get relative path from symbolic path

# readlink -ze /usr/bin/java

4) Get parent path of /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-

# readlink -ze /usr/bin/java | xargs -0 dirname

5) Get parent path of /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-

# readlink -ze /usr/bin/java | xargs -0 dirname | xargs -0 dirname

Solution 14

Step 1 - check the current java version by "echo $JAVA_HOME"

Step 2 - vim /etc/profile

Step 3 - At the end of file you will find export JAVA_HOME, we need to provide the new path here, make sure that it is not relative.

Step 4 - Save and exit :wq

Step 5 - "source /etc/profile/", this would execute the change

Step 6 - Again do a echo $JAVA_HOME - change would have been reflected.

Solution 15

Probably a good idea to source whatever profile you edit to save having to use a fresh login.

either: source /etc/ or . /etc/

Where is whatever profile you edited.

Solution 16

On Linux I add this line to my ~/.profile:

export JAVA_HOME=$(readlink -ze /usr/bin/javac | xargs -0 dirname -z | xargs -0 dirname)

Solution 17

While we are up to setting JAVA_HOME, let me share some benefits of setting JAVA_HOME or any other environment variable:

1) It's easy to upgrade JDK without affecting your application startup and config file which points to JAVA_HOME. you just need to download new version and make sure your JAVA_HOME points to new version of Java. This is best benefit of using environment variable or links.

2) JAVA_HOME variable is short and concise instead of full path to JDK installation directory.

3) JAVA_HOME variable is platform independence i.e. if your startup script uses JAVA_HOME then it can run on Windows and UNIX without any modification, you just need to set JAVA_HOME on respective operating system.

Read more:

Solution 18

open with sudo to write

you can find in your kafka folder : kafka/bin/

check for these lines

Modify the JAVA variable in the else part to point to the java executable in your java/bin. like JAVA="$JAVA_HOME/java"

Solution 19

In /etc/profile , if you open that will youll get to know that IT IS no recommended to write on that file. Instead of that make a script of your commands(suppose to /etc/profile.d folder and Put there. Every time you instance reboot itll be automatically called by /etc/profile.

Solution 20

Use SDKMAN to switch btw. your sdk's.

It sets the JAVA_HOME for you.

Solution 21

Using vim might be a bit difficult for new user. We can use gedit text editor instead.

  1. Find /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.x.x-openjdk

  2. Enter "gedit /etc/profile" or use "sudo gedit /etc/profile" if logged in as not-privileged

  3. Add the following at the end of line:

    export JAVA_HOME="path that you found"

    export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH

  4. Enter "source /etc/profile" in your current shell to apply the changes

Solution 22

I use the line:

export JAVA_HOME=$(readlink -f $(dirname $(readlink -f $(which java) ))/../)

to my ~/.profile so it uses the base of the default java directory at login time. This is for bash.