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Eclipse 3.5 now runs with Java6 on Mac OSX

May 30, 2009 Leave a comment

At last Eclipse can now be run withJava6 on mac OSX. For sure it may not be stable as the version of Eclipse is still not a release candidate but it’s a clear step forward.

Here are the steps I did to make it work:

  1. Make java6 be the default JDK.
  2. remove the link to java 5 JDK.
  3. set JAVA_HOME environment variable.
  4. download eclipse 3.5 64 bits cocoa for mac OSX.
  5. change the eclipse.ini file 
  6. change the Info.plist file

I’ve now illustrated them in details:


  • type java preferences in spotlight and set the parameters as illustrated below:









  • removing the link of JDK 1.5 

In the folder /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions remove the current link to JDK1.5 and set it to JDK1.6

sudo rm CurrentJDK

sudo ln -s 1.6 CurrentJDK

Here is my files in this folder after the operation is completed


Picture 2







  • setting JAVA_HOME environment variable

Check that the JAVA_HOME environment variable points to the correct path by typing env | grep JAVA_HOME

If it’s not JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6/Home then in your home folder edit the .bash_profile file and add

export JAVA_HOME
export PATH


export JAVA_HOME


export PATH

  • download the right version of eclipse


and uncompress it in the folder of your choice.

  • change the config.ini file

There ‘s a config.ini file in the configuration folder of the eclipse installation. Edit it to add:


-vm /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.6.0/Home/bin/java

It tells eclipse platform the default version to use to run the program.

Then you’re done, launch ./eclipse in the root directory of the eclipse installation.

Eclipse 3.5 running with Java 6

I have done this with Eclipse 3.5M5 version. The release candidate should be available very soon.