There are a few answers on old questions about the same issue under Lion / Mountain Lion. Now with Java 1.8 and OS X 10.10 I wonder if anything has changed? Would be great to have exact removal steps.

It really is asked too much, for Oracle to provide a proper uninstaller?


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http://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/technotes/guides/install/mac_jre.html#A1096890 says

To uninstall the JRE, you must have Administrator privileges and execute the remove commands either as root or by using the sudo(8) tool.

Remove one directory and one file (a symlink), as follows:

  • Navigate to /Library/Internet Plug-Ins and remove the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin directory.

  • Navigate to /Library/PreferencePanes and remove JavaControlPanel.prefpane.

Do not attempt to uninstall Java by removing the Java tools from /usr/bin. This directory is part of the system software and any changes will be reset by Apple the next time you perform an update of the OS

Done that. Looking good. I still think it's bad intentions behind not offering an uninstaller. Glad this is off my system.

Commands for the ‘Terminal’ly-inclined:

sudo rm -rf /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/
sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/JavaControlPanel.prefPane
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    Hmm. When I view the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin, I see that it is an alias. The original is located at: /System/Library/Java/Support/CoreDeploy.bundle/Contents/ How does deleting the alias remove Java? Is it safe to delete that whole /System/Library/Java directory? Thanks May 4, 2015 at 17:18
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    Just delete the alias - never delete anything from /System/* if you don't know what you'r doing. May 4, 2015 at 18:26

An uninstaller might be nice, but you literally have to drag one file to the trash. Doesn't seem too difficult.

Per Java.com:

To uninstall Java, you must have Administrator privileges.

  1. Click on the Finder icon located in your dock
  2. Click on Applications tab on the sidebar
  3. In the Search box enter JavaAppletPlugin.plugin
  4. This will find the JavaAppletPlugin.plugin file
  5. Right click on JavaAppletPlugin.plugin and select Move to Trash
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    That only uninstalls the web plugin not the JDK or old style JRE
    – mmmmmm
    Mar 6, 2015 at 21:33

Just run these commands

 sudo rm -rf /Library/Java/*

 sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/Java*

 sudo rm -rf /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/Java*

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