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Javac Not found after setting the path

I was messing around with writing Java code without an ide, and compiling/running with command prompt. When I try to create the .class, I get an error saying that Javac is not recognized. I was looking for answers when I found this thread
But nothing was working. I have done the following

  • Set C:Program FilesJavajre1.8.0_51bin as a path
  • Set the path in the command line
  • Reinstalled the jdk

It also should be noted that If I had the .class then java Main.class will work


From the path you are using (C:Program FilesJavajre1.8.0_51bin), it most likely is a JRE.

javac is part of the JDK.

Also, you should use a recent version of Java 8.

  • Oracle Java 8u202 (last version before the licence change)
  • Adopt OpenJDK (the link point to the JDK 8).