Install Oracle JDK on Ubuntu

This is a tutorial to manually install Oracle JDK on Ubuntu linux.

Hint: check bottom for the easiest solution.

Installing JDK6 using:

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb lucid partner"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk

will no longer work as the package has been removed completely from the partner archive due to license issue,

You can install OpenJDK instead

sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk

However building Android with openjdk may not always work smoothly. (

Here are the instruction how to install Oraclr JDK manually:

1) Download; the 32bit or 64bit Linux “compressed binary file” – it has a “.bin” file extension

chmod u+x jdk-6u32-linux-i586.bin




 sudo mv jdk1.6.0_32 /usr/lib/jvm/


 sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.6.0_32/bin/java" 1
 sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.6.0_32/bin/javac" 1
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/" "" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.6.0_32/jre/lib/i386/" 1
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo update-alternatives --config javac
sudo update-alternatives --config
7) Check setup with 
java -version
sic@sic:~$ java -version
java version "1.6.0_32"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_32-b05)
Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM (build 20.7-b02, mixed mode)

Alternatively you can do the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

This will add the webupd8team PPA to your system for updated builds of Java 6/7/8 JDK (you need 6 for Android build) (
Then to install/update java you just need to :

 sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install oracle-java6-installer

enjoy 🙂

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