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The following are instructions for using the java mise core plugin. This is used when there isn't a git plugin installed named "java".

If you want to use asdf-java then use mise plugins install java GIT_URL.

The code for this is inside the mise repository at ./src/plugins/core/


The following installs the latest version of java-openjdk-17.x (if some version of openjdk-17.x is not already installed) and makes it the global default:

mise use -g java@openjdk-17
mise use -g java@17         # alternate shorthands for openjdk-only

See available versions with mise ls-remote java.

macOS JAVA_HOME Integration

Some applications in macOS rely on /usr/libexec/java_home to find installed Java runtimes.

To integrate an installed Java runtime with macOS run the following commands for the proper version (e.g. openjdk-20).

sudo mkdir /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/openjdk-20.jdk
sudo ln -s ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/openjdk-20/Contents /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/openjdk-20.jdk/Contents

Note: Not all distributions of the Java SDK support this integration (e.g liberica).

Legacy version files

The Java core plugin supports the legacy version files .java-version and .sdkmanrc.

For .sdkmanrc files, mise will try to map the vendor and version to the appropriate version string. For example, the version 20.0.2-tem will be mapped to temurin-20.0.2. Due to Azul's Zulu versioning, the version 11.0.12-zulu will be mapped to the major version zulu-11. Not all vendors available in SDKMAN are supported by mise. The following vendors are NOT supported: bsg ( Bisheng), graal (GraalVM), nik (Liberica NIK).

In case an unsupported version of java is needed, some manual work is required:

  1. Download the unsupported version to a directory (e.g ~/.sdkman/candidates/java/21.0.1-open)
  2. symlink the new version:
ln -s ~/.sdkman/candidates/java/21.0.1-open ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/21.0.1-open
  1. If on Mac:
mkdir ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/21.0.1-open/Contents
mkdir ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/21.0.1-open/Contents/MacOS

ln -s ~/.sdkman/candidates/java/21.0.1-open ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/21.0.1-open/Contents/Home
cp ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/21.0.1-open/lib/libjli.dylib ~/.local/share/mise/installs/java/21.0.1-open/Contents/MacOS/libjli.dylib
  1. Don't forget to make sure the cache is blocked and valid, by making sure an empty directory * exists* for your version in the mise cache: e.g.
$ ls -R $MISE_CACHE_DIR/java


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