Install latest version of Java on Ubuntu 18.04

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Java is one of the most popular languages today, and it is almost a necessity for any programmer since it is used everywhere on the Internet. And to stay updated with the web technologies, we will also need to get the latest version of Java in our system.

In this tutorial, we will look at how we can install Oracle’s latest edition of Java in our Ubuntu 18.04 System.

Step 1: Update System Packages

We first need to install the Java Development Kit (JDK) on our system. By installing this, we are also installing the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), which is necessary for compiling and executing any Java program.

Just to ensure that we do not have Java already on our system, type:

java --version

You’ll get an output similar to the below screenshot, indicating that it is not yet installed in the system.

Ubuntu Java Before Installation
Ubuntu Java Before Installation

There is a JDK version available from the apt package manager, but it is of a slightly older version, so let’s use Oracle’s website directly to fetch Oracle’s latest JDK. As of the time of writing, the latest version is JDK 13.0.1.

NOTE: We need to download JDK manually since the software is NOT open source, but proprietary.

But before that, as always, update system critical packages first.

sudo apt update

Now, we are ready to download the JDK from Oracle’s mirror link.

Step 2: Download the JDK

We can download the file from a remote server using wget.

You can get the links for the latest JDK from Oracle’s website.

Change the version of JDK according to your needs. I will be downloading version 13.0.1.

wget --no-check-certificate -c --header "Cookie: oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie"
Ubuntu Download Jdk
Ubuntu Download Jdk

Step 3: Set Directories for our Java Installation

We need to set up a Directory for our new Java installation. I will install it at /usr/lib/jvm, which is also where the Java installation will take place if you use the apt repositories.

Make the directory if it doesn’t exist, using:

sudo mkdir /usr/lib/jvm

Before entering the new directory, get the path of the current directory using:


We will extract the tar file from this directory to the new directory.

Enter the directory now using:

cd /usr/lib/jvm

Now, extract the downloaded tar.gz file, from your previous directory. (Eg, ~/Downloads)

sudo tar -xvzf ~/Downloads/jdk-13.0.1_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz

This will extract the tar.gz file and result in a single JDK folder, along with the downloaded version. For me, it is 13.0.1.

Ubuntu Java Jdk Extraction
Ubuntu Java Jdk Extraction

Now, we’re almost done! We just have to set some Environment Variables to make sure that the system recognizes java based commands.

Step 4: Set Environment Variables

Open your favorite text editor, and go to the /etc/environment file, which contains the list of system environment variables.

sudo vi /etc/environment

It would look something like this:

Ubuntu Environment Variable File
Ubuntu Environment Variable File

Add the following bin folder to the existing PATH variable, after adding a colon. We are appending to the PATH variable.


So basically we make the system recognize the Java binaries, located in the /usr/lib/jvm/jdk-13.0.1 directory. And binaries typically reside in the /bin sub-directory.

Now, we also need to add one more line, to make the System be aware of the HOME directory for Java. Add this line to the end of the file


Your file will now look something like this:

Ubuntu Java Environment Variables Updated
Ubuntu Java Environment Variables Updated

Exit the editor, after saving changes.

Step 5: Inform the System of Java’s location

Enter the following commands to inform the system about the Java’s location. Depending on your JDK version, the paths can be different.

sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-13.0.1/bin/java" 0
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-13.0.1/bin/javac" 0
sudo update-alternatives --set java /usr/lib/jvm/jdk-13.0.1/bin/java
sudo update-alternatives --set javac /usr/lib/jvm/jdk-13.0.1/bin/javac
Ubuntu Update Java Location
Ubuntu Update Java Location

To verify the setup, enter the following commands and make sure that they print the location of java and javac

update-alternatives --list java
update-alternatives --list javac
Ubuntu Java Verify Location
Ubuntu Java Verify Location

Now, we are done with the necessary setup! We now simply need to restart our system to ensure that the changes are made. (We can also logout/login from the current Terminal Session)

Simply reboot using:

sudo reboot

After rebooting, you can now successfully work with the latest version of Java on your system!

To test your installation, check the java version using

java --version

An output similar to the below screenshot indicates that you are now ready to use Java!

Ubuntu Java Installation Complete
Ubuntu Java Installation Complete


In this tutorial, we saw how we could install and setup the latest version of Java on our Ubuntu 18.04 System.

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