OS X Update Pushes Users to Oracle’s Java

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Apple released Java updates for Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard on Thursday that addressed security issues and also push users to Oracle's own Java plug-in for the Mac.

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According to Apple's notes for the Mountain Lion and Lion versions of the updater, "This update uninstalls the Apple-provided Java applet plug-in from all web browsers. To use applets on a web page, click on the region labeled 'missing plug-in' to go download the latest version of the Java applet plug-in form Oracle."

On Macs running Snow Leopard, the update leaves the Java plug-in in place but changes the default settings to prevent Java applets from running automatically.

Apple has been transitioning away from providing its own Java plug-in for the Mac, so it isn't any surprise that these updates are pushing users towards the Oracle-supported versions.

Java for OS X 2012-006 1.0 for Lion and Mountain Lion is available via Software Update, or as a downloadable installer at the Apple Support website. Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 11 is available through Software Update or the Apple Support website, too.

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Plugins are not really my thing.  Does this mean we should install one, the other, or both?

Dorje Sylas

iJack, which OS are you on? 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8? In the case of 10.7 and 10.8 the Apple provided plug-in and Java environment will be removed with this update.

You will need to go to http://www.java.com/ , click the Free Java Download button and follow the instructions for downloading. This will install Oracles Java 7 and updates will come through their software. I think you get a SystemPref pane like Adobe Flash has now.

If you’re on 10.6 things get a little trickier. Oracle isn’t officially providing an installer for Java 7 and off the top of my head I can’t point you toward a good reliable and easy to use work around. If you find one I’d love to know ^_^


The latest and greatest, 10.8.2.  I forgot about the Java pref pane, which tells me I am up-to-date with Java 7, update 9.

I appreciate your response, though.


I forgot to mention that even though I have used the latest update from Oracle, my Software Update is insisting that I need to install Java SE 6 (1.6_37), which make no sense to me, and I am hesitant to do it.

new to all of this

how do i now play yahoo hearts on my macbook pro?


This kills Java in Chrome on OS X because Chrome is 32bit and this new Oracle version is 64bit. So beware! Google, get with the picture and release 64 bit Chrome!

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