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Where is the Java SDK folder in my computer? Ubuntu 12.04

I know it’s installed because when I type:

$java -version

I get:

OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.12.5) (6b27-1.12.5-0ubuntu0.12.04.1)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.0-b12, mixed mode)

And when I type:

$locate jdk

I get:


What worries me about the first item in the list is that the 2012a folder is my MATLAB folder and not a standard ‘usr/lib’ folder. I’m really confused on where the JDK and JRE got installed, because I need to set the $JAVA_HOME path pointing to the folder. Where am I missing something?


WAY-1 : Updated for the shortest and easy way

Below command will give you the path, But it will only work if java command is working in other words if java path is configured.

readlink -f $(which java) 

Read more at Where can I find the Java SDK in Linux?

WAY-2 (Better than WAY-1) : Below answer is still working and try it if above command is not working for you.

You need to dig into symbolic links. Below is steps to get Java directory

Step 1:

$ whereis java
java: /usr/bin/java /etc/java /usr/share/java

That tells the command java resides in /usr/bin/java.

Dig again:

Step 2:

$ ls -l /usr/bin/java
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 2009-01-15 18:34 /usr/bin/java -> /etc/alternatives/java

So, now we know that /usr/bin/java is actually a symbolic link to /etc/alternatives/java.

Dig deeper using the same method above:

Step 3:

$ ls -l /etc/alternatives/java
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 31 2009-01-15 18:34 /etc/alternatives/java -> /usr/local/jre1.6.0_07/bin/java

So, thats the actual location of java: /usr/local/jre.....

You could still dig deeper to find other symbolic links.

Reference : where is java’s home dir?