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What is difference between JDK, JRE and JVM?

Minal Silimkar-Urankar
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To compile the java program we requires compiler.
In jdk, we have javac.exe, which is responsible for compilation of the program, which generates bytecode (.class file) .

To run the bytecode (.class file), we require java run time environment JRE, which is given by java.exe. In jdk as well as in jre we have java.exe.

javac.exe and java.exe both launches the jvm for compilation as well as to run the program?


Minal Silimkar
Santhosh Kumar
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Your understanding is correct except

javac.exe and java.exe both launches the jvm for compilation as well as to run the program?


javac.exe doens't launch the jvm, only java.exe does.
Ulf Dittmer
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javac.exe doens't launch the jvm

The Java compiler is written in Java, so, yes, javac.exe lanuches a JVM.
Jesper de Jong
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See question and answer #18 in our Java Beginners FAQ.


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