Installing OpenJDK on RHEL-based Systems

Steps for installing OpenJDK 8 on RHEL-based Systems.

Configure your operating system to use the latest build of a Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) Certified OpenJDK version 8. For example, OpenJDK 8 (1.8.0_151 minimum).
Tip: Although Oracle JRE/JDK 8 is supported, DataStax does more extensive testing on OpenJDK 8. This change is due to the end of public updates for Oracle JRE/JDK 8.
Java 9 is not supported.

Procedure

In a terminal:

  1. Install the OpenJDK 8:
    su -c "yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk"
  2. If you have more than one Java version installed on your system use the following command to switch versions:
    sudo alternatives --config java
  3. Make sure your system is using the correct JDK:
    java -version
    openjdk version "1.8.0_71"
    OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_71-b15)
    OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.71-b15, mixed mode)