Install JDK8

Communication middleware called CORBA is required to execute OpenRTM-aist-Java. In Java, CORBA functionality was originally included as a standard function, but since Java 9 it is treated as deprecated (the deprecated function that will be removed in the future) and will be completely removed in Java 11 and later. Therefore, to use OpenRTM-aist-Java, it is necessary to use the Java 8 development environment package JDK8. Original developer Oracle is decreasing the support of JDK8 (Oracle had already stopped the update support for free commercial users and will stop it to non-commercial user in 2020). But many people still need Java8, so JDK8 itself is available for some time from several vendors. Here, we will introduce how to obtain and install JDK8.

JDK8 distributors

Here are some of the things we found about distributors of JDK8: Please note that it is only a list of some of the ones we have found, and that there are no intentions, if any, are not listed here. Also, there are various conditions, such as the distribution of each site for paid use and support for the fee, so please check each site before using it.


As of November 2019, JDK8 download is available from Oracle for the developer and distributor of Java. It seems that personal use and development use have a free license, but commercial use seems to require a paid license. Please refer to the link below and the message from Oracle for the exact license conditions.


OpenJDK is an open-source Java implementation by Oracle, distributed under GPLv2 with Classpath Exception. Most JDK implementations are based on this OpenJDK. There is a button of JDK DOWNLOAD from Java SE 8xxxx (xxxx is u231 as of November 2019) from the link below, so click it and get the one that is suitable for your platform.

Adopt Open JDK

AdoptOpenJDK is a project to provide an OpenJDK build sponsored by IBM and maintained by the community. Two types of JVMs are provided, one developed by the OpenJDK community called HotSpot and the other developed by the Eclipse community called OpenJ9.

Select [OpenJDK8 (LTS)] and JVM ([HotSpot] or [OpenJ9]) from the link below and click the [Latest release] button. The download for the platform should begin. If you want something for a different platform, click the [Other platforms] button to get the required JDK. For information on how to install, please refer to the link [Installation].

Amazon Open JDK

Amazon Corretto is a build of OpenJDK that includes Amazon's long-term support. Go to the website from the link below and click the [Download Amazon Corretto8] button. A list of builds for each platform will be displayed. Get the necessary installation files for your platform.

Installation in Linux environment

Get the package from the repository

OpenJDK packages equivalent to JDK8 are distributed as standard packages in major Linux distributions.

Ubuntu / Debian / Raspbian

On Ubuntu Linux, Debian Linux, etc., you can install using the apt command as follows.

 $ sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk


In Fedora Linux, you can install with yum command as follows.

 $ sudo yum -y install java-1.8.0-openjdk

Other than obtaining the package from the repository

It can also be obtained from the Web site of the above third party vendor. Follow the information on the site for the installation method, or install using the standard Java method.

As a reference, here are the steps to download and expand the binary (tar.gz) from Adoptium (formerly AdoptOpenJDK) to the Raspberry Pi OS bullseye 64bit environment and switch from the already installed JDK11 to JDK8.

Download JDK8 for aarch64.

 $ wget
 $ tar xvzf OpenJDK8U-jdk_aarch64_linux_hotspot_8u352b08.tar.gz
 $ ls
 OpenJDK8U-jdk_aarch64_linux_hotspot_8u352b08.tar.gz  jdk8u352-b08

To switch from JDK11 to JDK8 with the update-alternative command, copy it under /usr/lib/jvm/ and create and register a symbolic link with the --install option.

 $ sudo mv ./jdk8u352-b08 /usr/lib/jvm/jdk8u352
 $ sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk8u352/bin/java" 1
 $ sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/javac" "javac" "/usr/lib/jvm/jdk8u352/bin/javac" 1

Now switch to JDK8 with the sudo update-alternative --config java command shown in "When other than JDK8 is already installed" below. Check the version after switching.

 $ java -version
 openjdk version "1.8.0_352" 
 OpenJDK Runtime Environment (Temurin)(build 1.8.0_352-b08)
 OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (Temurin)(build 25.352-b08, mixed mode)

When other than JDK8 is already installed

Note that a JDK other than JDK8 may be installed in the default state.

 $ java -version

Make sure that the command version is JDK8, such as the version starting with 1.8. If not

 $ sudo update-alternative --config java

Use the command to select a Java environment based on JDK8. The execution example after installing openjdk-8-jdk in the environment of ubuntu18.04 is as follows.

 $ sudo update-alternatives --config java
 Choice Path Priority Status
 -------------------------------------------------- ----------
 * 0 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1111 automatic mode
   1 /usr/lib/jvm/java-11-openjdk-amd64/bin/java 1111 Manual mode
   2 /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java 1081 Manual mode
 Press <Enter> to keep the current selection [*], otherwise press the number of the choice: 2
 update-alternatives: use/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java in manual mode to provide /usr/bin/java (java)

Installation on Windows environment

To install JDK8 on Windows, obtain the MSI file from the above site and execute it to install it, or for files other than MSI, install according to the instructions of the source. After installation, open the command prompt as in the case of Linux above

 java -version

And confirm the installation.


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