To install Java in Redhat Enterprise Linux follow these steps:

  • we are installing from OpenJDK rpm with command line

Run the following command to install the developer version of OpenJDK

# yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel
  • (Optional) It is sometimes required to set the JAVA_HOME path variable.

You can know the java path by


It will give the path where Java is

In my case it was something like : /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk/bin/java remember it might be different in your case.


in .bashrc file which is in home directory lets add the java home path as:

I am editing the file in vim editor

[[email protected] ~]$ vi .bashrc

at the bottom of file add the java path in following format:

export JAVA_HOME="/path/to/java/home"

in my case, I added:

#java home path
export JAVA_HOME="/usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk/bin/java"

To save first press teCtrl+ O and then


semicolon and then w and q and press enter.

You are done!

You can check the java version installed with:

java -version

My output was:

java version "1.7.0_141"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (rhel- u141-b02)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.141-b02, mixed mode)

You can get full documentation here