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java_se (64) Versions 7.79.2

Installs Oracle's Java SE JDK

cookbook 'java_se', '= 7.79.2', :supermarket
cookbook 'java_se', '= 7.79.2'
knife supermarket install java_se
knife supermarket download java_se
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Installs Oracle's Java SE JDK.

The next scheduled critical patch update:

  • 20 October 2015

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 '~> 8.60.0'
  • Lightweight, no cookbook dependencies
  • Does not support RPM installations on Linux

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


  • Chef 11 or higher


  • 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
win_javalink provides a symbolic link to installed Java JDK bin directory and is available
during initial chef-client run.


  • 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. Supports only the following platform extensions; windows=exe, macosx=dmg, linux=tar.gz. 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.
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']['url'] - Deprecated in favor of uri and will be removed in Java 9 release.
  • node['java_se']['file'] - Deprecated in favor of uri and will be removed in Java 9 release.


Example role to download JDK from alternative location:

name "java_se"
description "Install Java SE"
  "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 demonstrate how to download JDKs from Oracle and upload them to an alternative location (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. 60
  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.



  • Fix issue with checksum validation using sha256 instead of md5


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


  • Branched from 8.60.5 to create 7.79.0

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