Installing Java 6 on Mac OS X
March 30, 2008
As I mentioned previously, installing Woopra on a Mac requires installing the beta of Java 6. Unfortunately, how to get that done may not be terribly obvious to some users (it wasn’t to me, to begin with).
You can find the Java SE 6 beta for OS X at Apple Developer Connection. If you’re not an ADC member, you can log in with your normal Apple login. You’ll be prompted to join ADC Online, but it’s free to do. Once you’ve gotten logged in, go to Downloads, select “Java” on the right hand side of the page, and download the Java SE 6 beta. Note: this is only available for Intel Macs running Tiger or Leopard — if you’ve got a G4 or G5, you’re out of luck right now.
Update 04/29/08 – The update has been released and is no longer available from ADC, but generally available from Apple downloads — see details here.
On the General tab, under Java Applet Runtime Settings, select “Java SE 6”. In Java Application Runtime Settings, re-arrange the list of Java versions so that Java SE 6 is the top item (click the image for a full-size picture of the proper settings).
Once you’ve done that, hit “Save”, and you’re good to go for running Java 6 applications. Remember that this is a beta, so use a bit of caution if you’re doing anything mission critical with it.
I installed this so I could install Woopra — if you’re installing Java 6 for OS X, tell us a little bit about why you’re doing so in the comments — I’m sure we’d all love to find more uses for it!