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OpenJDK is an implementation of Java. Other implementations of Java.

OpenJDK is an free implementation of Java for Linux, Solaris and Windows.[1] There is also OpenJDK for BSD[2]. Several BSD and Linux distros carry packages of OpenJDK.

OpenJDK can compile and run Java programs. OpenJDK 6 implements Java 6, while OpenJDK 7 is a preview of future Java 7.


OpenJDK is a set of command-line tools. If OpenJDK is installed in /usr/local/jdk-1.7.0, then /usr/local/jdk-1.7.0/bin needs to be added to the PATH environment variable. The two most important tools are the javac compiler, and the java runner.

This example program would compute 12 - 4.

/* */
public class TwelveMinusFour {
public static void main(String[] args) {
System.out.println(12 - 4);

One can compile this program with javac, and run it with java.

$ javac                                                   
$ java TwelveMinusFour


  1. OpenJDK Build README: Minimum Build Environments
  2. OpenJDK: BSD Port Project