I updated from OpenJDK 7 to 8. I uninstalled 7, which uninstalled the IcedTea plugin as well. I tried to reinstall IcedTea with

   sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin

But it doesn't work. When I try to launch topcoder jnlp file, it fails. Also, it doesn't load any java plugin in Google Chrome. It was fine with OpenJDK 7. Is there a newer version of IcedTea for OpenJDK 8?


At the moment, icedtea-8-plugin is not available in the official Ubuntu repositories. Maarten Fonville offers a PPA repository with a working icedtea-8-plugin package.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maarten-fonville/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install icedtea-8-plugin

Bug report: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/icedtea-web/+bug/1385842

PPA page: https://launchpad.net/~maarten-fonville/+archive/ubuntu/

If you're using Ubuntu 14.04 (for which openjdk-8-jre is not yet backported), then for the time being the OpenJDK ppa must be added first:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:openjdk-r/ppa

Recent versions of Chrome do not support the Java plugin (cf. How do I get Java plugin working on Google Chrome?).

  • @jhetzel, I tried but I get an error: Depends openjdk-8-jre but it is not installable. Any ideas? – toto_tico Mar 8 '16 at 15:10
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    update to this : icedtea-8-plugin is now available in repositories (just got it now with apt-get) – Zanna Apr 27 '16 at 12:56

The file you want to install is icedtea-plugin. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get install icedtea-plugin
  • On unbunt 14.04 that installs java 7. How can i install icedtea for my existing openjdk8 install? – dan carter Sep 28 '14 at 10:23
  • As far as I know Plug-in 7 is the latest, and it works with OpenJDK 8, and that's what I have as well. – Mitch Sep 28 '14 at 10:46
  • @Mitch How you installed the plugin with JDK 8? When I try to install it, it install automatically JRE 7. – Hunsu Feb 28 '15 at 20:10
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    As stated in the answer, Plug-in 7 is the latest. I installed OpenJDK 8 form Here, and the Plug-in from Here. Hope it helps. – Mitch Mar 1 '15 at 4:52

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