How do I set the default Java (JDK) version on Mac OS X?

In this post you will learn how to set the default JAVA_HOME in OS X when you have more than one JDK installed in your computer. First you need to run /usr/libexec/java_home -V command to get the list of installed JDK. The command will print out something like the following depending on the available JDK in your computer.

On my machine I have the following version of Java.

Matching Java Virtual Machines (3):
    9, x86_64:  "Java SE 9"     /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-9.jdk/Contents/Home
    1.8.0_121, x86_64:  "Java SE 8"     /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_121.jdk/Contents/Home
    1.7.0_80, x86_64:   "Java SE 7"     /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_80.jdk/Contents/Home

From the list above pick which version you want to be the default JDK. For example I will choose the 1.8.0_121 version to be my default JDK. To set it run the command below.

export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8.0_121`

If the major version of the available JDK is unique you can just use the major version, like:

export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8`

After setting the JAVA_HOME and you run the java -version command you will see that JDK 1.8 is the new default JDK in your computer.

java version "1.8.0_121"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_121-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.121-b13, mixed mode)

The change above will only active in the current running shell. If you close or terminate the shell, next time you open the shell you will need to set it again. To make this change permanent you need to set it in your shell init file. For example if you are using bash then you can set the command in the .bash_profile. Add the following lines at the end of the file.

# Setting default JDK to version 1.8.
export JAVA_HOME=`/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8`

To activate this configuration right away your can run source .bash_profile. This command reads and executes the .bash_profile in the current shell.

How do I pass password to sudo commands?

If you want to run a sudo command without being prompted to input the password you can do the following command.

echo password | sudo -S rm -rf /opt/jetty/

In the command above we are trying to remove the /opt/jetty directory using the rm -rf command. The -S (stdin) option allow the sudo command to read password from a standard input instead of a terminal device.

If you want to store the password in a file you can use the cat command instead of echo like the following example.

cat password.txt | sudo -S rm -rf /opt/jetty/

How do I install third-party libraries in Maven repository?

Sometimes when the required libraries / dependencies is not available in the Maven Central Repository we need to manually install it to our local repository. This library must be placed in the correct directory in our local repository to enable Maven to find it. The default location is under the ${user.home}/.m2/repository.

To make this job easier Maven provide a maven-install-plugin that will help us to install the third-party library in the correct place. The following command shows how to do it.

The long command

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=<path-to-file> -DgroupId=<group-id> \
        -DartifactId=<artifact-id> -Dversion=<version> -Dpackaging=<packaging>


  • -Dfile = path to the third-party library file
  • -DgroupId = the groupId of the library
  • -DartifactId = the artifactId of the library
  • -Dversion = the version number of the library
  • -Dpackaging = the library packaging

An example to install an Oracle JDBC library to your local repository is:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=ojdbc7.jar \
        -DartifactId=ojdbc7 -Dversion= -Dpackaging=jar

The simple command

If you have the pom.xml file, you can install it with the following command:

mvn install:install-file \
        -Dfile=<path-to-file> \


  • -Dfile = path to the third-party library file
  • -DpomFile = the location to the library pom.xml file

Starting with the Maven version 2.5 you can use even a simpler command. When the library is build by Maven, a pom.xml file will be placed under the META-INF directory. This pom.xml file will be used by default when we install the library. To install a library all you need is the following command:

mvn install:install-file -Dfile=<path-to-file>

How do I run FTP server in Mac OS X?

I need to test FTP client codes, so I need to find an FTP server for testing my codes. After searching for a while I find out that OS X already equipped FTP server. I am currently using OS X El Capitan 10.11.*.

Let’s now test the FTP server on Mac OS X with the following steps:

  • Launch the
  • Type the following command to start the FTP server.
sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist
  • Connect to the FTP server by running ftp localhost command.
  • We’ll be asked to enter the username and password.
$ ftp localhost
Trying ::1...
Connected to localhost.
220 ::1 FTP server (tnftpd 20100324+GSSAPI) ready.
Name (localhost:wsaryada): wsaryada
331 User wsaryada accepted, provide password.
230 User wsaryada logged in.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
  • If we see the messages above and the ftp> prompt means that the FTP server works and ready to accept our command.
  • We can also try to access the FTP server using a browser. In the URL box type ftp://localhost to connect. We need to supply username and password to login.
  • To exit or close the connection to FTP server we can run the exit command.
  • Finally, to shutdown the FTP server we run:
sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

After the FTP server ready, I can now continue to create some test program to access the FTP server. There are already some examples you can find in the Apache Commons Net category that use the FTPClient library to access FTP server.

How to use Google Maven Central mirror?

The following configuration will use Google’s mirror of the Maven Central repository. Alter your ${M2_HOME}/conf/settings.xml or ${user.home}/.m2/settings.xml to add the mirror as seen in the following configuration file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
            <name>Google Maven Central</name>

How to configure a proxy in Maven settings?

When we work behind a proxy server we need to configure Maven to be able to connect to the internet. To enable proxy we can configure Maven settings.xml file, either in ${M2_HOME}/conf/settings.xml or ${user.home}/.m2/settings.xml file.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

The <proxy> element in the configuration below contains the information about the proxy server. These include information about the host, port, username and password. Set these elements to match your proxy server configuration.

How do I specify the Java compiler version in a pom.xml file?

When you need to compile a project for a specific Java version you can configure maven compiler plugin to set the source and the target version. The following pom.xml file configuration show you how to do it.


Invalid value for the source and the target version in our project will make our project compilation process failed. For example when we try to use the diamond operator (<>) which available in Java 7, while the maven compiler plugin is set to version 1.5, can produce compiler error like this:

[ERROR] Failed to execute goal org.apache.maven.plugins:maven-compiler-plugin:3.1:compile (default-compile) on project servlet-example: Compilation failure
[ERROR] /Users/wsaryada/Studio/[10,51] diamond operator is not supported in -source 1.5
[ERROR] (use -source 7 or higher to enable diamond operator)

How do I install Gradle in Mac OS X?


In this post we will learn how to install Gradle in OS X. The following steps will guide our installation process to make Gradle available in our OS X machine. But before we start let’s take a look at the definition from wikipedia about Gradle.

Gradle is an open source build automation system that builds upon the concepts of Apache Ant and Apache Maven and introduces a Groovy-based domain-specific language (DSL) instead of the XML form used by Apache Maven of declaring the project configuration.

From: Wikipedia

I. Using Homebrew

The short and simple answer is to use the Homebrew package manager for macOS. You can visit the website for detail on how to install the Homebrew. But to help you, I’ve copied the online script to install it below:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

After installing Homebrew, just type the following command to install Gradle.

brew install gradle

Now, if you want to do it manually, here are the steps ūüėČ

II. Manual Installation Steps

1. Download Gradle

To download visit Gradle Releases Page. Download the complete distribution which includes binaries, sources and offline documentation. For example you can download the latest release of Gradle, as of this update the version is

2. Upacking Gradle and Configure Environment Variables

  • Open
  • Create a new directory sudo mkdir /usr/local/gradle.
  • Extract the downloaded Gradle distribution archive by executing sudo unzip -d /usr/local/gradle.
  • Edit .bash_profile in your home directory to add GRADLE_HOME variable with the following line export GRADLE_HOME=/usr/local/gradle/gradle-4.0.2
  • Also update the PATH variable to include $GRADLE_HOME/bin. If you don’t already have the PATH variable add the following line export PATH=$GRADLE_HOME/bin:$PATH
  • Run source ~/.bash_profile to executes the update version of .bash_profile. Or you can open a new to make this changes active.

3. Running the Installation

To test Gradle installation open the and execute gradle -v command. If your installation was correct you will see something like the following output:

$ gradle -v

Gradle 4.0.2

Build time:   2017-07-26 15:04:56 UTC
Revision:     108c593aa7b43852f39045337ee84ee1d87c87fd

Groovy:       2.4.11
Ant:          Apache Ant(TM) version 1.9.6 compiled on June 29 2015
JVM:          1.8.0_121 (Oracle Corporation 25.121-b13)
OS:           Mac OS X 10.12.6 x86_64

How do I install Oracle Java in Ubuntu Server 14.04?

The easiest way to install Oracle Java (JDK) in Ubuntu is to use the WebUpd8 PPA. A PPA (Personal Package Archive) is a special software repository for uploading source packages to be build and published as an APT repository by Launchpad. This PPA will download the required files from Oracle and install JDK7 / JDK8 / JDK9.

The steps:

  • Login to Ubuntu server.
  • sudo apt-add-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

The apt-add-repository command add the ppa to the current repository. You will be prompted with information message about installation instructions with the detail url. You need to press ENTER key to continue the process to add the repository.



  • sudo apt-get update

This will update the package list from the repositories and update them to get the latest versions of the packages and their dependencies. It will update all repositories and PPAs.

apt-get update

apt-get update

  • sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

This command will start the installation process, you will be prompted to accept the license agreement. Run sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer if you want to install JDK7 instead. This process will take sometime to finish depending on your connection speed. And if everything runs well you’ll get Java installed at the end of this process.

apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

  • java -version

This command return the version of the installed JDK. In this case it should return something like:

java version "1.8.0_45"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_45-b14)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.45-b02, mixed mode)

The JDK8 will be installed in the /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle directory. If you need to define the JAVA_HOME environment variable then it should directed to this directory.

Creating a simple project using Maven

In this post you will learn how to create a simple project, a Hello World project using Maven. If you haven’t install Maven in your machine you can read Introduction to Apache Maven¬†posted earlier in this blog. In this post you will see what the basic configuration for creating a maven project. Such as the basic of pom.xml file and how maven structure the directory of our project files.

At this time we won’t use any special IDE such as Eclipse, Netbeans or IntelliJ to create our project. We’ll just work using a simple text editor and the command prompt. Let’s us begin.

Step 1 – Create a project directory and the pom.xml file.

  • Create a directory where you will place the project files. As an example I’ll create my project in D:\Projects\HelloWorld.
  • Create a file called pom.xml in the HelloWorld directory.¬†POM stands for Project Object Model and it represent a Maven project.
  • Type the following information in the pom.xml file.
  • At this point we have our pom.xml file created. What you’ve seen above is the simplest example of a pom file. And here is a brief description of the pom file above:
    • groupId: the unique id of a Maven project. Typically it use your company name domain in reverse order just like how you would create a package for your Java project. For example here I use org.kodejava.
    • artifactId: is the name of the project, we’ll be using HelloWorld.
    • version: is the version number of our project.
    • packaging: the project artifact type. In this case we will ask Maven to package our example as a jar file.
    • modelVersion: is the version of the POM file we are using for this project.

Maven works by applying a concept called convention over configuration. This will apply for example on how the directory of a project is structured. All Maven project will use the same directory for organising the files in the project. There is a directory for Java source codes, unit testing codes, configuration files, etc. This will make easier for developer to jump from one Maven project to the other projects. Now let’s us continue to the next step.

Step 2 РCreate the HelloWorld class.

  • Create a directory for Java source code in the project root directory. Actually you’ll create three directories. These directories are src\main\java.
  • Create a file under the java directory you’ve created above.
  • Type the following code for the HelloWorld class.
public class HelloWorld {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println("Hello World!");
  • Now we have our class created we can start to use maven to build our project. But before we do let see what you should have after finishing these steps. You should see that you have a project structure that similar the the screen capture below:

Maven HelloWorld

Steps 3 – Compiling the Project.

At this time we have our first Maven project created and we are ready to build it. To build this basic project we don’t have to add anything to Maven. It already comes with a predefined sets of build related task such as clean, compile, test, package, etc.

  • Open a¬†Command Prompt and go to your project directory. You should be in the HelloWorld directory where you can see the pom.xml file.
  • To compile your project type¬†mvn compile in the command prompt.
D:\Projects\HelloWorld>mvn compile
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building HelloWorld 1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Compiling 1 source file to D:\Projects\HelloWorld\target\classes
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 2.405s
[INFO] Finished at: Tue Sep 24 10:18:10 CST 2013
[INFO] Final Memory: 7M/23M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • What you see above is the typical result of a success build. You might see longer message such as information about the artifact downloaded by Maven during the compile process.
  • If you list the project directory you’ll see a new directory called targetclasses is created. And inside the classes directory you’ll find your HelloWorld.class file.
  • To run the class cd to targetclasses and type java HelloWorld.

Steps 4 – Clean and Package the Project.

  • Now if you want to clean your previous built project you can use¬†mvn clean. Make sure you are executing this command from the project root directory where the pom.xml file is located.
  • Executing this command will give you the similar output like this.
D:\Projects\HelloWorld>mvn clean
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building HelloWorld 1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] --- maven-clean-plugin:2.4.1:clean (default-clean) @ HelloWorld ---
[INFO] Deleting D:ProjectsHelloWorldtarget
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 0.353s
[INFO] Finished at: Tue Sep 24 10:29:16 CST 2013
[INFO] Final Memory: 4M/15M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • As you can see it deleted the previously created target directory.
  • In the pom.xml file we have define the packaging of our project as jar file. So let’s create it now.
  • To package a Maven project type¬†mvn package command.
D:\Projects\HelloWorld>mvn package
[INFO] Scanning for projects...
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Building HelloWorld 1.0-SNAPSHOT
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Compiling 1 source file to D:\Projects\HelloWorld\target\classes
[INFO] skip non existing resourceDirectory D:\Projects\HelloWorld\src\test\resources
[INFO] --- maven-compiler-plugin:2.3.2:testCompile (default-testCompile) @ HelloWorld ---
[INFO] No sources to compile
[INFO] --- maven-surefire-plugin:2.7.2:test (default-test) @ HelloWorld ---
[INFO] No tests to run.
[INFO] Surefire report directory: D:\Projects\HelloWorld\target\surefire-reports
[INFO] -------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] -------------------------------------------------------
There are no tests to run.
Results :
Tests run: 0, Failures: 0, Errors: 0, Skipped: 0
[INFO] --- maven-jar-plugin:2.3.1:jar (default-jar) @ HelloWorld ---
[INFO] Building jar: D:\Projects\HelloWorld\target\HelloWorld-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 3.040s
[INFO] Finished at: Tue Sep 24 10:32:41 CST 2013
[INFO] Final Memory: 8M/20M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • The mvn package gives you a longer console output. ¬†From the output above you can see that executing the package command made Maven to compile the Java source code, unit test source code (we don’t have it at this time). It also run the unit test and finally build the jar file.
  • The jar file is created under the target directory and named HelloWorld-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar. The name comes from the artifactId, version and packaging information defined in the pom.xml file.

That are all the steps that you need to create and manage a simple project using Maven. We start by creating a pom.xml file and then create a directory structure for storing our classes file. And then we learn how to compile, clean and package our Maven project. In the next Maven post we’ll learn more on Maven dependency management and starting to use an IDE to setup our Maven project.

Thank your for reading and see you on the next Maven post.