I'm trying to use webex in Chrome. To click on webex links, I need the java plugin. However, it appears that a recent OS X Mountain Lion update removed the java plugin from my computer.

When I try to install the java plugin in chrome, I see the following error:

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Chrome does not support Java 7. Java 7 runs only on 64-bit browsers and Chrome is a 32-bit browser.

If you download Java 7, you will not be able to run Java content in Chrome and will need to use a 64-bit browser (such as Safari or Firefox) to run Java content within a browser. Additionally, installing Java 7 will disable the ability to use Apple Java 6 on your system.

Fine, so I try to download the Java 6 plugin instead, but it appears that Oracle has no Java 6 plugin.

What gives? How do I install the java plugin for Chrome?

2 Answers 2


You are in luck, Apple released a "fix" for this issue:


Basically Apple has provided some terminal commands that move the plug-in from the disabled folder to where it needs to be to work in Chrome.

However you would be better off (read: SAFER!) by using the updated Java plugin from Oracle and a browser that can use that plugin, like Firefox or Safari.

  • I tried this but it didn't work for me. Even after restarting Chrome, Chrome still didn't pick up the plugin (and didn't list it in about:plugins either). Is there something one needs to do to force Chrome to reload it's plugin list? Nov 4, 2012 at 17:04
  • Correction: I got this to work. Strangely it looks like if I create the symlink in Step (3) in place, I don't have permission to resolve it (I get errors even in Terminal). I created the symlink in my home directory, then moved it to /Library/Internet Plug-Ins. That seemed to work. I don't quite understand why. Nov 4, 2012 at 17:29

The Chromium project is working on it according to issue 18323, 115774 and 175129. So just give issue 18323 and issue 115774 a star to raise its importance for the Chromium developers.


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