File APIs for Java Developers
Manipulate DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF and many others from your application.
The moose likes Beginning Java and the fly likes Java installation Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Java » Beginning Java
Bookmark "Java installation" Watch "Java installation" New topic

Java installation

Arash Ehsanfar

Joined: Jun 20, 2012
Posts: 4
Hi everybody,

I would appreciate if anyone could help me with this inquiry.

I am new to Java and I wanted to download Java 2 standard edition SDK & J2SE API.

Note: I need this for windows.

I tried finding this in Oracle website but because there are so many versions, it is very confusing.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jelle Klap

Joined: Mar 10, 2008
Posts: 1951

Hi, and welcome to JavaRanch!

Yep, the world of Java can be quite overwhelming at first, and sadly the Oracle website doesn't help much to alleviate this, in my opinion.
If you want to start developing with Java, all you'll need to download is a JDK, which you can find here.
Unless you have a specific goal in mind, like a certification for a specific Java version, I'd go with the latest Java SE 7 JDK, which is currently called Java SE 7u5 over at the Oracle download page (at the top). This includes everything you need to get started.

Also, you may want to stop by our JavaBeginnersFaq (<- click). Among other things it includes a section (18. What is a JVM? JRE? JDK? J2SDK?) that attempts to explain the difference between some common - but confusing - acronyms like JVM, JRE and JDK.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
BalaMurali dhar
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 14, 2012
Posts: 60
Hi Welcome to Java ranch !
You can download jdk1.5 version
Anayonkar Shivalkar

Joined: Dec 08, 2010
Posts: 1545

Hello Arash Ehsanfar,

Welcome to CodeRanch!

Arash Ehsanfar wrote:I wanted to download Java 2 standard edition SDK & J2SE API

Well, it is not Java '2' Standard Edition anymore. It is simply 'Java Standard Edition', or JSE (not J2SE).

As Jelle Klap has suggested, you can download latest stable version - 1.7u5

BalaMurali dhar wrote:You can download jdk1.5 version

It has been deprecated a long time back. I wouldn't suggest at all to use such an old version.

Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Java installation
It's not a secret anymore!