OpenJDK for Mac

Rob Ross rob.ross at
Fri Aug 1 01:00:05 UTC 2008

At the present time there is no support for building on Mac from the  
OpenJDK6/7 project.

However, a while ago Landon Fuller got a build of the JRL JDK6 source  
BSD port.

You can download binaries here:

The binaries will run 32bit on 10.4 & 10.5, or 64bit on 10.5, but  
only on the latest Intel machines.

Also, the port is using X11 to render graphics, so it won't "look"  
anything like the Apple JDK.

So the short story is, there's a kinda hack-ish version of OpenJDK6  
available, that works on a limited amount of machines.

I was not able to successfully build this project from his sources.

I have emailed him several times, but he has not replied. I believe  
he is extremely busy with his startup at the moment.

I am interested in working on getting OpenJDK to run as a native Mac  
app, but at present I do not have the technical experience to  
organize this project. But if you're interested in working on this,  
we should start communicating regularly and start to gather critical  

Rob Ross, Lead Software Engineer
E! Networks

"Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his  
heart he dreams himself your master." -- Commissioner Pravin Lal

On Jul 31, 2008, at 5:49 PM, Frans Thamura wrote:

> hi there,
> can i know, how to use OpenJDK code and compile in Mac and make it  
> mac vresion
> esp in old Mac
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