I have need of installing a Java 7 development environment on a RHEL 6.3 (system details are below). Following the official OpenJDK directions I tried yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel (as root). This yields the error message:

No package java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel available.

The Java6 JDK java-1.6.0-openjdk-devel and the Java7 JRE java-1.7.0-openjdk are both available, but the Java7 JDK does not appear.

Is there a non-default repository from which I can install this? If so what is it?

  • Distribution: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.3 (Santiago)
  • Kernel: 2.6.32-279.5.2.el6.x86_64
  • I removed the -devel suffix and it worked. See matched answer below. May 31, 2015 at 8:23

2 Answers 2


The package you are looking for is in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Optional channel which may not be enabled.

Try this:

# yum repolist all
# yum-config-manager --enable rhel-6-server-optional-rpms
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    – digz6666
    Feb 29, 2016 at 4:17

I removed the -devel and it worked:

yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk

If you already have another java version installed, don't forget to configure the system so that the new version will be used:

alternatives --config java
  • You installed a JRE and not a JDK. May 14, 2018 at 22:27
  • @Routhinator - why do you think I "installed a JRE and not a JDK."? May 15, 2018 at 8:29
  • Because the non -devel packages on RHEL systems are JRE only. The JDK rpms have -devel May 17, 2018 at 12:10
  • So the -devel suffix means development hence JDK and not JRE? Thanks. May 17, 2018 at 13:34
  • That is correct. May 17, 2018 at 13:35

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