Install latest JDK

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The Java Development Kit (JDK) is a suite of command-line tools that allow you to debug and compile Java language code that takes advantage of a large built-in library of ready-made code and run it in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that includes a Java Virtual Machine specific to your computer's processor that can interpret Java bytecode and convert it to your processor's machine code.

Editions

There are several editions of the JDK - the Standard Edition (includes the core set of APIs useful for applications targeting desktop computers), Micro Edition (includes a more limited set of APIs suitable for developing for mobile devices), and Enterprise Edition (includes a larger set of APIs meant for development of applications running in large-scale distributed systems).

For more information on the various editions of Java, see a discussion of the differences among this and the other editions of the Java SDK here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2857376/difference-between-java-se-ee-me

What to download

Unless you have good reason to do otherwise, you should download the Java Standard Edition (SE). This provides a standard set of ready-made code libraries, known as Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), for general purpose Java development.

Where to download JDK 8

Download JDK 8 if you wish to use Java with other tools or code libraries that are not compatible with newer versions of Java.

Where to download the latest JDK

Java is available from the Oracle web site: https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/. Follow the instructions for the latest version.


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