Install Java 8 (OpenJDK: Zulu Community) on macOS with Homebrew


--Shows how to install Java 8 (Zulu Community with OpenJDK built) on macOS with Homebrew

What is Zulu Community?

Zulu Community is an OpenJDK distribution distributed by Azul Systems.

Zulu Community Java OpenJDK Free Download TCK Tested

Azul will provide quarterly updates for the Zulu Community build of OpenJDK 7 until July 2023, the OpenJDK 8 build will be updated until March 2026, and the OpenJDK 11 build will be updated until September 2027. Intermediate releases like Java 9, 10, 12, 15, 16 will be updated for at least 6 months from the first release. Azul also maintains an archive of OpenJDK Zulu Community builds since 2014.

Zulu Community 8 will be supported until March 2026.

Install Zulu Community 8

Zulu Community 8 is located in homebrew / cask-versions, so use it to install.

$ brew cask install zulu8

Check the location of the installed directory with the java_home command

$ /usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8

Set the environment variables JAVA_HOME and PATH

Describe it in .bash_profile or .bashrc as needed.

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

Check the installed Zulu Community

$ java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_222"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (Zulu (build 1.8.0_222-b10)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (Zulu (build 25.222-b10, mixed mode)

$ javac -version
javac 1.8.0_222

$ which java

$ which javac

Uninstall when no longer needed

$ brew cask uninstall zulu8

Reference material

-Zulu Community Java OpenJDK Free Download TCK Tested

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