Installing Apple's Java in Mavericks

Mavericks doesn't have Java installed by default. If you try to use the /usr/bin/java executable from Terminal, it will pop up a dialog prompting you to visit Oracle's site and download a JDK.

$ /usr/bin/java

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If you want to install Apple's Java instead, then run java from a subshell. This will pop up a dialog prompting you to directly install Apple's JDK.

$ `/usr/bin/java`

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The Java installer stub /System/Library/Java/Support/CoreDeploy.bundle/Contents/Download\ Java\ Components.app appears to check if it was invoked from an interactive TTY or not, and changes behavior accordingly.

Written on January 24, 2014