I installed the java jre via my package manager and get this version:

$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_66"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_66-b17)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.66-b17, mixed mode)

But the current Java Update is 71, so I downloaded it from the official website, but I don't know how to install the download and what exact file I should download. How do I do that? I use Ubuntu 14

  • Java 8u72 is available at oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/…
    – Pilot6
    Jan 23, 2016 at 14:07
  • OpenJDK and Oracle JDK are two different things. While the latter is based on the former and while they always share the same major version number (in this case 8 or 1.8, depending on how you want to count) they receive different updates and follow different updates cycles and receive different minor version numbers. Jan 25, 2016 at 9:37

1 Answer 1


If you installed Oracle java from ppa:webupd8team/java, it is quite easy to update it manually.

Download JDK from oracle site and extract it to


You will need to rename jdk1.8.0_72 to java-8-oracle.

  • You are writing about the jdk, but I don't want to develop anything currently but only need the jre to execute something. Does your answer then still work?
    – Natjo
    Jan 23, 2016 at 14:29
  • If you install it from that PPA, then you installed JDK. It includes JRE. So you can do it.
    – Pilot6
    Jan 23, 2016 at 14:41
  • I added the whole jdk, as the jre is included anyway. I think that could reduce compatibility errors in case I need to use an jdk someday. It worked, thanks!
    – Natjo
    Jan 23, 2016 at 14:43

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