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java_se (64) Versions 8.66.0

Installs Oracle's Java SE JDK

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Java SE Cookbook

Cookbook Version
Build Status

Installs Oracle's Java SE JDK.

The next scheduled critical patch update:

  • 19 January 2016

How is this different from Java cookbook?

  • Only supports Oracle's Java SE JDK
  • Allows for downloads directly from Oracle on all supported platforms
  • Can specify an alternative URI directory to download from
  • Easily lock version to Java release '~> 8.0' or update '~> 8.66.0'
  • Lightweight, no cookbook dependencies
  • Can skip Java installation
  • Only supports Linux (.tar.gz), Mac OS X (.dmg), and Windows (.exe) file extensions

Note that this cookbook does not yet support JCE Unlimited Strength Jurisdiction Policy Files.


  • Chef 11+


  • CentOS, Red Hat, Fedora
  • Debian, Ubuntu
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows


By adding java_se to a run_list or as a dependency you are accepting the
Oracle Binary Code License Agreement for Java SE.

Windows JAVA_HOME and PATH environment variables are not available during initial chef-client run. Attribute
node['java_se']['win_javalink'] provides a symbolic link to installed Java JDK bin directory and is available
during initial chef-client run.

You may need to stub java_version_on_macosx? method when testing with rspec:

allow_any_instance_of(Chef::Recipe).to receive(:java_version_on_macosx?).and_return(false)


  • node['java_se']['uri'] - The URI to the Java SE JDKs. If a directory is provided, it will then automatically assign a file name that best matches platform criteria. The JDK file names must be the same as that found on Oracle's download page. Leave nil to download directly from Oracle. Default nil.
  • node['java_se']['skip'] - Skips installing Java SE. Default false.
  • node['java_se']['force_i586'] - Install i586 Java on x64 machine if true. For Linux and Windows only. Default false.
  • node['java_se']['java_home'] - Alternative java_home location. Leave nil to use default location. For Linux and Windows only. Default nil.
  • node['java_se']['version'] - The JDK version to install (example: '1.8.0_66')
  • node['java_se']['build'] - The build number to download from Oracle (example: '17')
  • node['java_se']['sha256'][type][arch] - The checksum to validate the installer with. type is one of 'dmg', 'exe', or 'tar', and arch is one of 'x64' or 'i586'
Linux Only
  • node['java_se']['set_default'] - Indicates whether or not you want the JDK installed to be default on the system. Default true.
  • node['java_se']['owner'] - The owner of extracted directory. Default root.
  • node['java_se']['group'] - The group of extracted directory. Default root.
  • node['java_se']['alternatives_priority'] - A priority of the alternatives. Default 1061.
  • node['java_se']['set_etc_environment'] - Optionally sets JAVA_HOME in /etc/environment for. Default false.
  • node['java_se']['reset_alternatives'] - Whether alternatives is reset. Default true.
  • node['java_se']['use_alt_suffix'] whether '_alt' suffix is used for none default java install. Default false.
  • node['java_se']['bin_cmds'] - Array of binary commands to symlink /usr/bin to, and set alternative on. Examples are mvn, java, javac, etc. These cmds must be in the bin subdirectory of the extracted folder. Will be ignored if set_default is not true.
Windows Only
  • node['java_se']['win_addlocal'] - JDK features to install. Default ToolsFeature,SourceFeature,PublicjreFeature.
  • node['java_se']['win_javalink'] - Symbolic link to Java JDK bin directory. Since Windows PATH and JAVA_HOME are not available during chef-client run, this provides a way for cookbooks to access the latest installed version. Default %SYSTEMDRIVE%\java\bin.
  • node['java_se']['win_jre_home'] - Location to install public JRE. Leave nil to use default location. Default nil.


Download JDK from alternative location

  "java_se": {
    "uri": ""

This will download the JDK that best matches platform criteria e.g., Windows 64-bit with force_i586 flag set to true
will match Note that JDK file names must be the
same as that found on Oracle's download page.

A script to download JDKs from Oracle and upload them to Amazon S3 is
available here.


This cookbook does NOT use SemVer for versioning.

The versioning scheme is RELEASE.UPDATE.MINOR where:

  1. RELEASE is the release of Java e.g. 8
  2. UPDATE is the Java update e.g. 66
  3. MINOR is the *cookbook release for an enhancement or bugfix e.g. 0

*All MINOR versions will strive to be backwards-compatible.

Getting Help


Please refer to CONTRIBUTING.


MIT - see the accompanying LICENSE file
for details.



  • Update 66


  • Update 65


  • Fix #5 Add support for changing the public JRE location on Windows (INSTALLDIRPUBJRE argument)


  • Fix #4 WARN: Cloning resource attributes for env[PATH] from prior resource (CHEF-3694)


  • Update readme to clarify file extensions supported


  • Rename java_version_on_osx? method to java_version_on_macosx?


  • Fix issue with Mac OS X install not using shellout mixlib correctly
  • Use %SYSTEMPATH% on Windows
  • Use link resource on Windows install


  • Fix #3 Allow skipping Java install


  • Add symbolic link to installed Java JDK bin directory on Windows


  • Remove unnecessary start cmd from windows install
  • Add info about script to demo downloading from Oracle and populating an alt website


  • Tweak readme


  • Fix #1 URI parameter ignored


  • Update 60


  • Remove unused dmg dependency


  • Support Linux installs


  • Deprecate url and file attributes in favor of uri


  • Support Mac OS X install


  • Initial release

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