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"Hello World" execution error

Mike Angelastro

Joined: Dec 04, 2005
Posts: 2

I'm just getting started with Java. I'm trying to run a "Hello" program. The code is:

class Hello {
public static void main(String[] args) {
System.out.println("Hello World!") ;

It compiles OK but when I run it with "java Hello", I get the following error-

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: Hello <Unsupported major.minor version 49.0> at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass0<Native Method>
etc .....

Did I miss something in my java setup?


Ernest Friedman-Hill
author and iconoclast

Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

Hi Mike,

Welcome to JavaRanch!

You've got multiple versions of Java installed, and the one you're using to compile the program is newer than the one you're using to run it; specifically, the compiler is JDK 1.5, and the runtime is JDK 1.4 or earlier.

Often when you install the Java plug-in for your Web browser, it will stick a copy of java.exe into your WINDOWS folder or someplace else early on your PATH. You have a number of options: uninstalling the plugin and installing a newer version is one; changing your PATH to put the JDK/bin directory first is another.

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Paul Santa Maria
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Joined: Feb 24, 2004
Posts: 236
If you're running on windows, you might want to use something like this "setjava.bat" script:

You could put it in your project directory, or in a global "utilities" directory.

You could use it as follows:

'Hope that helps .. PSM
[ December 04, 2005: Message edited by: Paul Santa Maria ]

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Mike Angelastro

Joined: Dec 04, 2005
Posts: 2
Hello Paul and Ernest!

With the help of both of you, I was able to figure it out. I had installed an Oracle demo on my machine and it had references to Java in the path. I moved them to the end of the path, after which my simple little app worked fine.

Thanks a bunch,

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