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How do I uninstall Java on my Mac?


This article applies to:
  • Platform(s): Macintosh OS X
  • Java version(s): 7.0, 8.0

Uninstall Oracle Java using the Terminal


Note: To uninstall Java, you must have Administrator privileges and execute the remove command either as root or by using the sudo.
Remove one directory and one file (a symlink), as follows:
  1. Click on the Finder icon located in your dock
  2. Click on the Utilities folder
  3. Double-click on the Terminal icon
  4. In the Terminal window Copy and Paste the command below:
    sudo rm -fr /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin
    sudo rm -fr /Library/PreferencePanes/JavaControlPanel.prefpane
Do not attempt to uninstall Java by removing the Java tools from /usr/bin. This directory is part of the system software and any changes will be reset by Apple the next time you perform an update of the OS.


Can I restore Apple Java 6 after uninstalling Oracle Java 7?

Yes, see the instructions on the Apple website Restore Apple Java 6. If you have JDK 7 or later versions installed on your system and you want to restore Apple Java 6, then those JDK versions need to be uninstalled first. See the instructions to Uninstall JDK.


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Uninstall JDK

To uninstall JDK 7 and later versions, you must have Administrator privileges and execute the remove command either as root or by using sudo. See the instructions to Uninstall JDK.


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