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Reverting to a Previous Version of Java for Mac


This page explains how to uninstall your current version of Java and then install an older version.

Users of Banner, AppWorx job scheduling, and the Document Imaging indexing module (Singularity) may need to revert to an older version of Java if they've installed a new version that's incompatible with those services.

These instructions focus on Java 8.

To prevent your computer from automatically updating to the latest version of Java, see Disabling Java Automatic Updates.

Step 1: Uninstall current version of Java

Note: You must have administrator privileges on your computer.

  1. Click on the Finder icon in your dock.

  2. In the Finder window that appears, select the Search box, then type JavaAppletPlugin.plugin. In the search results that appear, right-click on the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin file, then select Move to Trash.

Step 2: Install desired version of Java

  1. Go to Oracle's Java SE 8 Archive Downloads page and locate the desired version of Java.

    • Example: If you want to install Java 8 Update 60, find the box labeled Java SE Runtime Environment 8u60.

    • If you have questions about which version of Java to install, please contact the Technology Service Desk.

  2. In the gray box, select Accept License Agreement. Then, in the Product list, locate the option(s) labeled Mac OS X x64, then select the .dmg file option.

    • Example: For Java 8 Update 60, select the jre-8u60-macosx-x64.dmg file.

  3. After clicking the download link, you will be prompted to sign in with an Oracle Account. If you don't already have an Oracle account, you can create an account by clicking the Create Account button on the right. After you fill out the required information, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address you entered.

  4. Once you're logged in, the download will occur immediately after following the link.

  5. Once the download has finished, click on the downloaded file and install the desired version of Java 8.