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I get the following error when trying to launch Eclipse, which I recently tried to install.

"Version 1.6.0_65 of the JVM is not suitable for this product. Version 1.7 or greater is required."

I'm running Mountain Lion.

I have the most recent 1.8 installed from Oracle, and this is the install I would like Eclipse to be using. The following image shows the info from the Java Control Panel including the version number and the install path.

Oracle Installed JavaVM version and path

Here's is the info on the Apple installed Java VM which is the one Eclipse is currently trying to use.

~> which java
/usr/bin/java
~> java -version
java version "1.6.0_65"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_65-b14-462-11M4609)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.65-b04-462, mixed mode)
~> ls -l /usr/bin/java
lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  74 Oct 16  2013 /usr/bin/java -> /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands/java
  • Which version of eclipse did you try – Mark Mar 3 '15 at 12:51
  • eclipse-standard-luna-SR2-macosx-cocoa-x86_64.tar.gz which I believe is version 4.4.2 – Keith Mar 3 '15 at 12:56
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    Which Java 1.8 did you install? and what does java -version show – Mark Mar 3 '15 at 15:27
  • ~> which java /usr/bin/java ~> java -version java version "1.6.0_65" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_65-b14-462-11M4609) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.65-b04-462, mixed mode) ~> All of which refers, I believe, to the Apple installed JVM. – Keith Mar 3 '15 at 20:23
  • I've added an image to the question showing the info on the Oracle Java VM installation pulled from the Java Control Panel. It specifies version 1.8.0_31 and is installed in /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/bin/java. I imagine this is the install I should be using for Eclipse. – Keith Mar 3 '15 at 20:33
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From your comments you have the Java 8 JRE which is only a web plugin you need to install the Java 8 JDK

Changing things in ~/.bashrc does not effect the environment of apps launched in the GUI

  • Installing the Java 8 JDK solved the problem. Thank you. – Keith Mar 13 '15 at 0:21

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