Java 8 is now available according to http://openjdk.java.net/projects/jdk8/, but http://openjdk.java.net/install/ does not yet mention how to install OpenJDK 8 (not Oracle Java) on Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support. (For 14.10 and later just run apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk)

How and when can this be done?

(2017-08-08: The very short answer is: OpenJDK 8 as of 2017-08-08 is not officially available from the official repositories as an APT package for Ubuntu 14.04. See full summary in this answer - updated 2021-06-29)

Note: For now we will use Oracle Java - the optimal solution for me is, however, OpenJDK from the Ubuntu repositories, until Oracle Java is available directly and effortless from the Ubuntu repositories.

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    You need to compile it yourself. Here is how: github.com/hgomez/obuildfactory/wiki/… Change the filename to match version 8 ;-)
    – Rinzwind
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 11:08
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    Azul has started providing OpenJDK builds under the name "Zulu" which can be downloaded, unpacked and used automatically. (They earn their money from support). azulsystems.com/products/zulu/downloads Commented Jul 11, 2015 at 9:34
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    Notibly, the same ppa that apt-fast for trusty is hosted on, ppa:saiarcot895/myppa, has a version of openjdk-8 that works. shrug Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 6:45
  • As time marches on, it seems that the simplest solution is simply to opgrade 16.04 LTS when available. Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01

12 Answers 12


Editors note: This answer is outdated as the PPA’s listed are not available anymore.

You can do this for;

Final Update


sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk


sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre

Old Update

I found two repository but I do not recommend

  • OpenJDK builds (all archs)

  • OpenJDK 8 backport for trusty


Original Message

If you really want to use OpenJDK, you have to compile from source. There is not still any PPA for OpenJDK.

It has been requested at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1297065

I recommend you to use Webup8 Oracle Java8 Installer

Note: WebUpd8 team's PPA has been discontinued with effective from April 16, 2019. Thus this PPA doesn't have any Java files. More information can be found on PPA's page on Launchpad. Hence the below method no longer works and exists because of historical reasons.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java -y
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

To automatically set up the Java 8 environment variables

sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

Check it

java -version

So you have to wait to use OpenJDK8

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    @JohnMerlino my guess would be that the PPA allows for automatic updates when new versions are released. Commented Jun 22, 2014 at 21:24
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    openjdk-8 is now in Utopic. bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openjdk-8/+bug/1341628 has been raised to backport to 14.04 as it is LTS: Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 12:06
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    Why the new edit? It seems to still not be in the 14.04 repo yet and sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk doesn't work at least for me.
    – xji
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 20:14
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    As of 2016-01-11 the non-official Ubuntu PPA's are still needed, as OpenJDK 8 has not yet landed in backports. I do not consider this to be an answer to my question even though it appears others do. Commented Jan 12, 2016 at 8:51
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    This answer is highly misleading due to being incomplete, it says it doesn't recommend the PPA mentioned but won't work without it. Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 9:41
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk
sudo update-alternatives --config java
sudo update-alternatives --config javac
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    This repository is dated; as of today the latest openjdk 1.8 release is 66. The version available in this repository is 45.
    – mattm
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 13:58
  • Failed to fetch ppa.launchpad.net/openjdk-r/ppa/ubuntu/pool/main/o/openjdk-8/… 502 apt-cacher: libcurl error: Failure when receiving data from the peer Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 6:30
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    These are the correct minimal steps. 4 and 5 are optional and possibly not required.
    – Air
    Commented Dec 23, 2016 at 18:37
  • Not working for Ubuntu 14.04 E: Package 'openjdk-8-jdk' has no installation candidate
    – Naive
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 12:57
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    This worked for me when upgrading Jenkins (newer version required Java8, my system only had Java7 installed). Of note, the fourth line was critical to get Jenkins to behave properly; until running it, I kept getting Jenkins requires Java8 or later, but you are running 1.7.0_121-b00 from /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-amd64/jre. Have an upvote... I'd give you more if I could.
    – Doktor J
    Commented Oct 12, 2017 at 20:26

OpenJDK 8 was released in March 2014. As of the time of this question, there are no OpenJDK 8 packages in the official Ubuntu repositories for any Ubuntu release. They "will be available soon", as the JDK 8 project page says, for some definition of soon.

First, the OpenJDK 8 packages will land in the Ubuntu development release. This may happen during the 14.10 development cycle, but there is no set schedule as far as I know. Some preview packages have been built and are available for testing, see the announcement on the debian-java and Ubuntu openjdk mailing lists. At some point these packages will be uploaded to the Debian and Ubuntu development repositories.

Once OpenJDK 8 is in the Ubuntu development version, then it may be possible to request that it be backported to 14.04. Note that it will never be available in the primary trusty repository, but if you use trusty-backports then it may be installable from there at some point. Read about the process for requesting backports in Ubuntu here.

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    I tried to answer your question "how and when" with the constraints that you seem to want: must be from official repositories, must be OpenJDK, and must be the 14.04 LTS release. Commented May 13, 2014 at 12:54
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    Its Feb 2016, and java 8 is still not available on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. This is disappointing. Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 6:10
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    It's April 2016, still no java 8... Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 9:45
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    Ubuntu 16.04 is coming out in April 2016, it will have OpenJDK 8. Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 20:21
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    It's Sep 2016, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will still be supported until 2019... and lots of places will take a long time to adopt 16.04 because of larger-scale changes (e.g. systemd), so it's still disappointing java 8 is not easy to install via apt on 14.04 :( Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 21:34

Note – This will only work with 14.10 or later:

1 year late, but as today it works as expected with apt-get.

For installing JDK:

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

For installing JRE:

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre

How to set the default JDK

Fastest way

Run $ sudo update-alternatives --config java and enter the number for which JDK to use of your choice.

Second way

List the available JDK's:

$ update-java-alternatives -l
java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64 1071 /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64
java-1.8.0-openjdk-amd64 1069 /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-amd64

Now, to copy & paste the location of Open JDK 8 to match the command below:

$ sudo update-java-alternatives -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-amd64
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    I still only see JDKs 6 and 7, no openjdk-8-jdk on my Linux 14.04, after sudo apt-get update. Did you add some special repository? I've got trusty-backports enabled.
    – akauppi
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 19:25
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    I think you're running 14.10 or 15.04, are you not?
    – akauppi
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 19:30
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    I cannot reproduce on 14.04 LTS. Please confirm this is the version. Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 7:59
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    @akauppi you are right!! I'm running 14.10. Sorry for the inconvenience, should I remove my answer?
    – caraca
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 14:51
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    I wouldn't wish it removed - for some, using 14.10 instead of 14.04 might be a perfectly good alternative.
    – akauppi
    Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 8:06

Here's what I use to set up Oracle Java 7 and Java 8 [note: not OpenJDK] from scratch on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS:

apt-get -y -q update
apt-get -y -q upgrade
apt-get -y -q install software-properties-common htop
add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
apt-get -y -q update
echo oracle-java8-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | sudo /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
echo oracle-java7-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | sudo /usr/bin/debconf-set-selections
apt-get -y -q install oracle-java8-installer
apt-get -y -q install oracle-java7-installer
update-java-alternatives -s java-8-oracle

This is unattended and is suitable for inclusion in a Vagrant provision block; I have a gist with more details: https://gist.github.com/tinkerware/cf0c47bb69bf42c2d740

EDIT: This will automatically accept Oracle's license for the JDK; make sure you are okay with that first before running it.

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    Looks good. But it is missing the part where you gain root access. Still nice answer.
    – MadMike
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 7:37
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    Right; I use this with Vagrant, which sets up the vagrant user with passwordless sudo.
    – Cagatay
    Commented Jan 17, 2015 at 13:21
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    This is Oracle Java, not OpenJDK Java which was what the question was about. Also note that the echo lines circument the license acceptance question from the installer. Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 7:59
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    @ThorbjørnRavnAndersen Yes, I did notice the question was about OpenJDK; I specifically said that my method is for installing Oracle Java. You may argue that this is not related, but I think there's value in noting an alternative that still gets you a runtime that can run Java 7/8 on 14.04 LTS. "Circumvention" of license acceptance question is an interesting word choice; I would say one should read the Oracle license before running the script, which automates the acceptance during the installation.
    – Cagatay
    Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 17:10
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    Thanks @Cagatay !! this answer was very useful for me, I was looking Java 8 installation using Vagrant.
    – Sotsir
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 21:49

As of 2017-08-08 I found that this question and its answers had become a bit overwhelming to dig through to understand the issue, so I have summarized the findings in this answer.

The very short answer is that OpenJDK 8 as of 2017-08-08 is not officially available for Ubuntu 14.04.

There are however several options available:

  • Upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu. OpenJDK 8 is available from 14.10 and onwards. (OpenJDK 9 from 16.04 LTS onwards, OpenJDK 11 from 18.04 LTS onward). Unless you are under extended support this is the best approach as of 2021.
  • Download a Azul certified build of OpenJDK 8 from http://www.azul.com/downloads/zulu/zulu-linux/ - they have both 64-bit and 32-bit versions.
  • Download and install Oracle Java (not OpenJDK) from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html manually as a tar.gz file which just needs to be unpacked and have the license accepted before the bin directory can be added to your $PATH variable. You might also choose to use a third party PPA. IMPORTANT: The license was changed in 2019 to be more restrictive and you may need to be a paying customer to use Oracle Java in production!
  • Download OpenJDK 8 using a third party PPA. This is an increasingly bad idea as they tend to grow stale or disappear as they are usually made by individuals on a voluntary basis.
  • Compile the source and install it yourself.

(Please feel free to add other providers)

See other answers for details.

Personally I would recommend upgrading Ubuntu to 18.04 LTS or newer, or if not possible download a Azul build. AdoptOpenJDK/Eclipse Adoptium is only an option from 16.04 onwards on x64.

Note: If you still need OpenJDK 8 backported to 14.04, vote for this bug by logging in and clicking "Does it affect you" at the top: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/openjdk-8/+bug/1368094


Note Since 22 April 2016 the packages for Vivid have been removed, alas. News item in packages.ubuntu.com: "Reflect xenial release, add yakkety, remove vivid". The workaround of this answer is clever but no longer applicable in the current situation. As of 6 Jan 2017 there's no backport for java 8 on trusty packages.ubuntu.com/trusty-backports/java yet. Please edit as changes apply.

See the answer from Android official site


There are no available supported OpenJDK 8 packages for Ubuntu 14.04. The Ubuntu 15.04 OpenJDK 8 packages have been used successfully with Ubuntu 14.04. Newer package versions (e.g. those for 15.10, 16.04) were found not to work on 14.04 using the instructions below.

Download the .deb packages for your architecture from http://packages.ubuntu.com/vivid/openjdk-8-jdk:

Remember, you may obtain the architecture for your machine with:

$ uname -m    

x86_64 represents a 64-bit (amd64) Linux kernel architecture and i386/i486/i586/i686 represents 32-bit (i386) system.

Optionally, confirm the checksums of the downloaded files using the information found on http://packages.ubuntu.com/vivid/openjdk-8-jdk.

For example with the sha256sum tool:

$ sha256sum {package file}    

Install the packages:

$ sudo apt-get update    

Run dpkg for each of the .deb files you downloaded. It may produce errors due to missing dependencies:

$ sudo dpkg -i {downloaded.deb file}    

To fix missing dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get -f install    

I just did vote here and now we are 733 people that we do care about backporting openjdk-8 to ubuntu-14.04.

I found this PPA repository is quite uptodate

and hopefully promising!?

and it worked for me. I was successful to install openjdk-8-jdk on ubuntu-14.04 with following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/openjdk
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

and here is my java -version output:

openjdk version "1.8.0_131"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-8u131-b11-1~14.04.york0-b11)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)

and here is my uname -a output:

Linux mars1 4.4.0-75-generic #96~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Apr 20 11:06:30 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

and here is my lsb_release -a output:

Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS
Release:        14.04
Codename:       trusty

My virtual-host-server-provider is telling me they only provide support for Ubuntu-14.04 and I am guessing they want to keep going like this until 2019! so please let me know if you know any better way for having openjdk-8 on ubuntu-14.04?


  • I would recommend using Azul Zulu. azul.com/downloads/zulu Commented May 10, 2017 at 8:19
  • I also had to run the following to get it working : sudo update-java-alternatives --jre --set java-1.8.0-openjdk-amd64 and sudo update-java-alternatives --jre-headless --set java-1.8.0-openjdk-amd64
    – champost
    Commented Jul 26, 2017 at 11:07

The Nix package manager also maintains binary packages of OpenJDK 8 for Ubuntu, meaning you can get a working Java 8 compiler in less than five minutes start to finish (with a fast internet connection, of course).

The steps are:

  1. Install the Nix package manager (https://www.domenkozar.com/2014/01/02/getting-started-with-nix-package-manager/): $ bash <(curl https://nixos.org/nix/install)

  2. Run the shell one-liner Nix tells you to at the end of the installation: $ . ~/.nix-profile/etc/profile.d/nix.sh

  3. Install the OpenJDK Nix package: $ nix-env -i openjdk

  4. Check javac: $ javac -version

That's it. Oh, and you'll want to make sure to put the one-liner from step 2 in your ~/.bashrc. That will tell Nix to link up your installed packages properly (since it keeps the actual files in non-standard directories).

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    Out of curiosity - why would you want an additional package manger besides apt-get? Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 13:00
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    @ThorbjørnRavnAndersen - the specific reason is to quickly get OpenJDK 8 with minimal pain, and the general reason is that Nix is a revolutionary improvement over apt-get and other older package managers.
    – Yawar
    Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 15:51
  • I am asking in the general case - not for OpenJDK specifically. There must be very heavy reasons for introducing a new package manager to outweigh not using the existing ecosystem, which I have a hard time seeing. Commented Oct 10, 2015 at 21:31
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    @ThorbjørnRavnAndersen - there are very good reasons to recommend Nix in the general case. As I mentioned, it is a revolutionary improvement. On the scale of git over svn. Check out infoq.com/articles/configuration-management-with-nix for more.
    – Yawar
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 5:01

I'm getting OpenJDK 8 from the official Debian repositories, rather than some random PPA. Here's how I did it:

sudo apt-get install debian-keyring debian-archive-keyring

Make /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-jessie-backports.list:

deb http://<httpredir>.debian.org/debian/ jessie-backports main

where you change <httpredir> with the prefix for a near mirror (see https://www.debian.org/mirror/list)

Make /etc/apt/preferences.d/debian-jessie-backports:

Package: *
Pin: release o=Debian,a=jessie-backports
Pin-Priority: -200

Then finally do the install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -t jessie-backports install openjdk-8-jdk
  • This answer does not work for me. openjdk-8-jdk wants openjdk-8-jre that wants libjpeg62-turbo. According to apt this latter is "not installable" or more verbosely "is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source" -- thus not from the repositories I have. The chasing becomes too wide to be wise Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 15:12

It's actually also easy to build the Java 8 yourself directly from sources... Sounds scary? It really is surprisingly easy, and seriously literally takes about 15 minutes, using https://github.com/hgomez/obuildfactory/, as I've described on http://blog2.vorburger.ch/2014/06/build-your-own-jdk-at-home.html

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    Building is one thing. What about the TCK? Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 23:32
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    @ThorbjørnRavnAndersen I have no idea. For an individual end-user, self building is already useful IMHO. For actually preparing a thoroughly tested package, it's probably another story... I'm afraid I know nothing more than you. I just looked around and found openjdk.java.net/groups/conformance/JckAccess, had you seen that?
    – vorburger
    Commented Nov 25, 2014 at 13:43

Update on Mar 11 2016, run these as root:

apt-get update
apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys DA1A4A13543B466853BAF164EB9B1D8886F44E2A
touch /etc/apt/sources.list.d/openjdk.list
echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/openjdk-r/ppa/ubuntu trusty main " >>/etc/apt/sources.list.d/openjdk.list
echo "deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/openjdk-r/ppa/ubuntu trusty main" >>/etc/apt/sources.list.d/openjdk.list
apt-get update
apt-get -y install openjdk-8-jdk
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-openjdk-amd64
echo "$JAVA_HOME"
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    The first line is not needed. The next 4 lines are equivalent to add-apt-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa. This answer is also a duplicate of older ones. Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 9:44
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    In summary (as of 2017-05-02), this is what works for me. sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:openjdk-r/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install -y openjdk-8-jdk Commented May 3, 2017 at 0:31

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