I tried sudo yum update but it just keeps java "1.7.0_75". I need 1.8 for it to work with another application but can't figure out how to upgrade it.
Do I need to manually install it somehow? There's not much information on this on the internet as far as I can see.

java version "1.7.0_75"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (amzn- u75-b13)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.75-b04, mixed mode)

When I try update now:

[ec2-________]$ sudo yum update
Loaded plugins: priorities, update-motd, upgrade-helper
amzn-main/latest                                         | 2.1 kB     00:00
amzn-updates/latest                                      | 2.3 kB     00:00
No packages marked for update

Is there anything else I need to do?


To remove java 1.7 and install java 1.8:

sudo yum install java-1.8.0
sudo yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk
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    This is correct, thank you. I'm new to this as you can see.
    – K_dar
    Feb 3 '15 at 16:30
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    Changed the order of installation so that it doesn't remove the aws-apitools. May 9 '16 at 14:41
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    Note this will only install the Java Runtime.
    – johnnieb
    Jan 28 '17 at 18:35
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    @johnnieb you can get the full JDK with this: yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel.x86_64
    – orange80
    May 17 '17 at 5:09
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    @orange80 I believe the command is yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel -y
    – johnnieb
    May 17 '17 at 16:23

Install Java Runtime 1.8

sudo yum install java-1.8.0

or if you need a java compiler and other developer tools:

sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

Then use the alternatives command to make Java 1.8 the default.

sudo /usr/sbin/alternatives --config java
sudo /usr/sbin/alternatives --config javac
# etc

If you prefer you can remove Java 1.7 with

sudo yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk

but remove it after you installed Java 1.8 or the aws-apitools will also be removed as they depend on Java on being installed.

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    This is the most correct answer. If you follow the accepted answer you will lose aws-apitools. Mar 23 '16 at 23:01
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    +1 for sudo /usr/sbin/alternatives --config java Jul 17 '16 at 6:51
  • I have found some other packages to depend on Java 1.7.0 even though they work with Java 1.8.0, so it might be better to keep the original packages installed. Sep 3 '20 at 12:22
yum install java-1.8.0 -y
/usr/sbin/alternatives --set java /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/java
/usr/sbin/alternatives --set javac /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/javac
yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk

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