How to change the Java distribution in Netbeans

imageWhen installing Netbeans it will ask for a distribution of the Java SDK. Netbeans doesn’t work well with version 7. In fact you might even receive an error once in a while when installing Netbeans with this distribution.

It works well however when you have installed it with version 6 of the Java SDK.

How you can change it after installation

  • Go to the directory (if you are on Windows): c:program filesNetbeans x.xetc
  • Edit the file: netbeans.conf
  • Go find the line:  netbeans_jdkhome="C:Program FilesJavajre7"
  • Alter this line in your version 6 installed distribution, you can easily find your distribution by entering: C:Program FilesJava in your Windows explorer.
    Modified it to: netbeans_jdkhome="C:Program FilesJavajdk1.6.0_23" (or your own 6 version, just copy the name of the folder on the place of "jre7"
  • Save the file
  • Start Netbeans and it should be done.

If you don’t have a Java SDK version 6 distribution, you can get it with following link:
Link to version 6 of the Java SDK

If you install Netbeans complete, it will contain a verion 6 of the distribution in the Netbeans download.

Johan van de Merwe
Dedicated to professional software development since 1985. Has worked since 1992 as IT manager in several international operating companies. Since 2007 CEO and Sencha Ext JS web application developer at Enovision GmbH.

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