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Is there a way to install or run jdk 8 without admin privileges? I would like to compile a java project I have that requires jdk 8 on a computer that has only jdk 6 installed. I am not an administrator on the computer.

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You can use Pacifist to view the contents of the JDK installer package. You can use it to extract the files to your user library folder ~/Library instead of the system wide /Library.

The relevant subfolders in Library are Internet Plug-Ins, Java, and an alias in PreferencePanes.

See this screenshot for the path structure.

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Moving the files can be done manually or by modifying the installer package.

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No, you will need admin rights to install that where it would be able to be used in the way you need it to be.

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