How To Install OpenJDK 15 On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
How To Install OpenJDK 15 On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
October 19, 2020

This tutorial provides all the steps required to install OpenJDK 15 on the popular Linux distribution i.e. Ubuntu. It provides all the steps for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa). The steps should be the same for other versions of Ubuntu, and Linux.

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Download JDK

Open the JDK 15 GA Release site and download the distribution for Linux systems as highlighted in Fig 1.

Install OpenJDK 15 On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Downloads

Fig 1

Install JDK

Open the terminal and make the directory /usr/java/openjdk to keep all the java installations at the same place. We can install multiple versions of Java in this directory. Now copy the downloaded file to this location and extract it as shown below:

>sudo mkdir -p /usr/java/openjdk
>cd /usr/java/openjdk
>sudo cp /data/setups/openjdk-15_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz openjdk-15_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz
>sudo tar -xzvf openjdk-15_linux-x64_bin.tar.gz

The above steps will install JDK to the path /usr/java/openjdk/jdk-15.

Set Environment Variables

In this step, we will configure the environment variable to use the JDK installed by us.

>sudo nano /etc/profile

Scroll down by pressing Page Down Button and add at the end of this file:

# OpenJDK 15
JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/openjdk/jdk-15 PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin:$JAVA_HOME/bin export JAVA_HOME export PATH

Now press Ctrl + O and press Enter to write our change. Press Ctrl + X to exit the nano editor. The nano editor should look like the one shown in Fig. 2.

Install OpenJDK 15 On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Path

Fig 2

Configure Java Commands

We can configure the Java commands to use the newly installed JDK by default. We can check the installed Java before and after executing these commands as shown below:

# Check version
java -version
# Configure Java Alternatives
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/java/openjdk/jdk-15/bin/java" 1
# Configure Javac Alternatives
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/java/openjdk/jdk-15/bin/javac" 1
# Check version
java -version

# Use only in case of multiple JDKs installed

# Configure Java
sudo update-alternatives --config java

# Configure Java Compiler
sudo update-alternatives --config javac

The output of these commands is shown in Fig. 3. We might need to configure active Java if it is previously installed on the system.

Install OpenJDK 15 On Ubuntu 20.04 LTS - Alternatives

Fig 3

These are the basic steps required to install the most recent version of OpenJDK on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Hello World

In this section, we will write our first program in Java using the nano editor.

>sudo mkdir -p /data/programs/java
>cd /data/programs/java
>sudo nano

Now write the first program in Java as shown below, save the program and exit the editor.

// Hello World
public class HelloWorld {

        // The main method
        public static void main( String[] args ) {

                // Print Hello World
                System.out.println( "Hello World !!" );

Use the javac and java to compile and execute the program as shown below.

// Compile the program
sudo javac

// Execute the program
sudo java HelloWorld

// Program output
Hello Java !!

These are the basic steps to write, compile, and execute Java programs.


This tutorial provided all the steps to install OpenJDK 15 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and also provided the steps to configure it to use from the console. The last section explained the steps to write, compile, and execute the first Java program. You may submit your comments to join the discussion on installing OpenJDK 15 on Ubuntu and other Linux systems.

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