Java: Installing JDK on Mac using Homebrew


Homebrew is a package manager that makes it really easy for us to install all sorts of development tools such as MySQL, Mongo, Ruby on Rails and in this case, Java. Below are the steps required to install Java usng Homebrew.

Step 0 - Install Homebrew

Homebrew does not come pre-installed with Mac so you'll have to install it yourself. Thankfully, it's a single line of code that you paste into terminal. Here are instructions on how to install Homebrew on Mac.

Step 1 - Install Cask

brew cask installs macOS apps, fonts and plugins and other non-open source software. Java is not open source so we'll need to install this first.

brew tap caskroom/cask

Step 2 - Install Java

This single command will install the latest version of Java through brew cask.

brew cask install caskroom/versions/java8

Step 3 - Verify Your Work

brew cask info java


  • If you prefer downloadable installers, here's where you can download Java from Oracle's website.
  • Install Java 6 for OS X from Apple's website.