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Software Update recently updated Java with update 6, for my 10.6.8 installation. My problem is that my bank here in Costa Rica uses a dated version of Java, and now my version of Safari (5.0.5) acts wonky when the Java applet for accessing my bank account online loads, rendering it unusable.

Is there a way to revert back to the previous update of Java on my machine? Thanks for any help!

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Apparently, Macs keep the old Java frameworks around (c.f.,, but I have no idea how to get Safari to actually use them on that applet. – Merchako Apr 13 '12 at 1:46

This article has a pretty good answer as long as you still have your boot disk or can find a downloadable version of Java you need. Here are the instructions (copied and pasted from the article):

1 Recommend making a bootable backup before starting

2 Locate the required Java installers

 - Leopard: download update 5
 - Snow Leopard: grab your install DVD

3 Remove current installed java stuff (warning: no going back from this point on!). In terminal:

 sudo rm -R /Applications/Utilities/Java\
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/Java/
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/CoreServices/Jar\
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/CoreServices/Java\ Web\
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/CoreServices/JavaVersion.plist
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/JavaApplicationLauncher.framework/
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaEmbedding.framework/
 sudo rm -R /System/Library/CFMSupport/StubLibraries/JavaEmbeddingLib/

4.1 Reinstall java: Leopard

 - run the installer that you downloaded in step 1
 - restart

4.2 Reinstall java: Snow Leopard (haven't tested yet! but should work)

 - insert installer DVD
 - run terminal commands (change the paths in each command as necessary for both the OS X Install disc and your system hard drive):
      installer -verbose -pkg "/Volumes/Mac OS X Install Disk/System/Installation/Packages/Java.pkg -target /Volumes/Macintosh HD"
      installer -verbose -pkg "/Volumes/Mac OS X Install Disk/System/Installation/Packages/JavaTools.pkg -target /Volumes/Macintosh HD"
 - (alternately you can use a tool like Pacifist to browse for and run the Java.pkg and JavaTools.pkg installers located in the main .pkg installer)
 - restart

Note: we have confirmed this works for Leopard but haven't verified for Snow Leopard yet.

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I don't know if this is useful, but here you go!


  1. Open Terminal, located in the Utilities folder.

  2. Enter this command, then press the Return or Enter key:

    sudo mkdir -p /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled

  3. Enter this command, then press the Return or Enter key:

    sudo mv /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/disabled

  4. Enter this command, then press the Return or Enter key:

    sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Java/Support/Deploy.bundle/Contents/Resources/JavaPlugin2_NPAPI.plugin /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

  5. To re-enable Java SE 6 Web Start, enter this command, then press the Return or Enter key:

    sudo ln -sf /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Commands/javaws /usr/bin/javaws

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Welcome to SE! Is there a way you could summarize the information attained at the link? This way if the linked to article moves or is removed, your answer is still effective. – bassplayer7 Dec 11 '12 at 14:57
@bassplayer7 Thanks! But I'm not really new to SE (Just the apple one)... I tried to summarize it, but I'm not sure if this is the proper way... So feel free to edit it! :D – Mobilpadde Dec 11 '12 at 17:06
Edit looks great! Thank you for taking the time. I was welcoming you to this one - I just didn't say it specifically. ;-) – bassplayer7 Dec 11 '12 at 17:47

There is a bit here on reverting to Java 5 in Snow Leopard.

It seems much like Jamie's answer, but doesn't require a system disk. (This no longer works in Mountain Lion, but fortunately I didn't throw away the link when I upgraded.)

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