Introduction to OpenJDK

OpenJDK is an open-source implementation of Oracle's Java Standard Edition platform. OpenJDK is useful for developing Java programs, and provides a complete runtime environment to run Java programs.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.2 platform.



A browser plugin and webstart implementation is provided by the Icedtea project. To provide a complete implementation, you will need to later install IcedTea-Web-1.7.1.

OpenJDK is GPL'd code, with a special exception made for non-free projects to use these classes in their proprietary products. In similar fashion to the LGPL, which allows non-free programs to link to libraries provided by free software, the GNU General Public License, version 2, with the Classpath Exception allows third party programs to use classes provided by free software without the requirement that the third party software also be free. As with the LGPL, any modifications made to the free software portions of a third party application, must also be made freely available.



The OpenJDK source includes a very thorough, open source test suite using the JTreg test harness. The testing instructions below allow to test the just built JDK for reasonable compatibility with the proprietary Oracle JDK. However, in order for an independent implementation to claim compatibility, it must pass a proprietary JCK/TCK test suite. No claims of compatibility, even partial compatibility, may be made without passing an approved test suite.

Oracle does provide free community access, on a case by case basis, to a closed toolkit to ensure 100% compatibility with its proprietary JDK. Neither the binary version provided on the Java-9.0.4 page nor the JVM built with the instructions below have been tested against the TCK. Any version that is built using the instructions given, cannot claim to be compatible with the proprietary JDK, without the user applying for, and completing the compatibility tests themselves.

With that in mind, the binaries produced using this build method are regularly tested against the TCK by the members listed on the site above. In addition to the community license above, an educational, non-commercial license for the TCK can be obtained from here.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 174205155c001cf0cc5d3250d86cfb69

  • Download Size: 812 KB

  • In addition to the root package, the instructions below first download seven subproject tarballs, whose total size is 83 MB.

  • Estimated disk space required: 4.6 GB (additional 676 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 3.8 SBU with 4 jobs (additonal 12.1 SBU for tests with 4 jobs)

Additional Downloads

Optional test harness

OpenJDK Dependencies

Required Dependencies

An existing binary (Java-9.0.4 or an earlier built version of this package. The instructions below assume that you are using Configuring the JAVA environment), alsa-lib-1.1.5, cpio-2.12, Cups-2.2.6, UnZip-6.0, Which-2.21, Xorg Libraries, and Zip-3.0



Mercurial-4.5 and an X Window manager such as twm-1.0.10 (for the tests)

User Notes:

Installation of OpenJDK

Unlike other packages in BLFS, the OpenJDK source packages are distributed in multiple tarballs. You need to first extract the source root from jdk-9.0.4+11.tar.bz2, change into the extracted directory, then proceed with the following instructions:

cat > subprojects.md5 << EOF &&
dbc62e27a93686a9aea12e9c97c2f765  corba.tar.bz2
25853ba33123397b2e755249f102ae73  hotspot.tar.bz2
f5ab5e468565e1ab3a181d2efb45b51f  jaxp.tar.bz2
520ff49cb470fbcec2f46cbb3fdb377d  jaxws.tar.bz2
be9f261b19451ab1300c5842188e3fe2  jdk.tar.bz2
22b65322d04c8ffafd77230dbe5f178f  langtools.tar.bz2
729d03b0cede2f697ad77170a9d89095  nashorn.tar.bz2

for subproject in corba hotspot jaxp jaxws jdk langtools nashorn; do

  wget -c${subproject}/archive/jdk-9.0.4+11.tar.bz2 \
       -O ${subproject}.tar.bz2
done &&

md5sum -c subprojects.md5 &&

for subproject in corba hotspot jaxp jaxws jdk langtools nashorn; do
  mkdir -pv ${subproject} &&
  tar -xf ${subproject}.tar.bz2 --strip-components=1 -C ${subproject}

If you have downloaded the optional test harness, unpack it too:

tar -xf ../jtreg-4.2-b12-293.tar.gz


Before proceeding, you should ensure that your environment PATH variable contains the location of the Java compiler used for bootstrapping OpenJDK. This is the only requirement for the environment. Modern Java installations do not need JAVA_HOME and CLASSPATH is not used here. Furthermore, OpenJDK developers recommend to unset JAVA_HOME.

The build system does not support the -j switch in MAKEFLAGS.

Configure and build the package with the following commands (--with-milestone value can be modified to fit user preferences):

unset JAVA_HOME                             &&
bash configure --enable-unlimited-crypto    \
               --disable-warnings-as-errors \
               --with-stdc++lib=dynamic     \
               --with-giflib=system         \
               --with-jtreg=$PWD/jtreg      \
               --with-lcms=system           \
               --with-libjpeg=system        \
               --with-libpng=system         \
               --with-zlib=system           \
               --with-version-build="11"    \
               --with-version-pre=""        \
               --with-version-opt=""        \
               --with-cacerts-file=/etc/ssl/java/cacerts.jks &&
make images


By default, the build system will use (NUMCPU - 1) jobs. To override, set JOBS=<X> on make invocation.

To test the results, issue: make run-test-tier1. Seven tests are expected to fail, and 11 to error when building only the server target. You can limit the number of concurrent tests by setting JTREG="JOBS=<X>" where <X> is the number of jobs.

Install the package with the following commands as the root user:

install -vdm755 /opt/jdk-9.0.4+11             &&
cp -Rv build/*/images/jdk/* /opt/jdk-9.0.4+11 &&
chown -R root:root /opt/jdk-9.0.4+11          &&
find /opt/jdk-9.0.4+11 -name \*.diz -delete   &&
for s in 16 24 32 48; do
  install -Dm 644 jdk/src/java.desktop/unix/classes/sun/awt/X11/java-icon${s}.png \



If you only wish to install the Java Runtime Environment, you can substitute build/*/images/jre in the above cp command.

There are now two OpenJDK SDKs installed in /opt. You should decide on which one you would like to use as the default. Normally, you would opt for the just installed OpenJDK. If so, do the following as the root user:

ln -v -nsf jdk-9.0.4+11 /opt/jdk

If desired, you may create .desktop files to add entries in the menu for java, policytool, and jconsole. The needed icons have already been installed. As the root user:

mkdir -pv /usr/share/applications &&

cat > /usr/share/applications/openjdk-9-java.desktop << "EOF" &&
[Desktop Entry]
Name=OpenJDK Java 9 Runtime
Comment=OpenJDK Java 9 Runtime
Exec=/opt/jdk/bin/java -jar

cat > /usr/share/applications/openjdk-9-policytool.desktop << "EOF" &&
[Desktop Entry]
Name=OpenJDK Java 9 Policy Tool
Name[pt_BR]=OpenJDK Java 9 - Ferramenta de Política
Comment=OpenJDK Java 9 Policy Tool
Comment[pt_BR]=OpenJDK Java 9 - Ferramenta de Política

cat > /usr/share/applications/openjdk-9-jconsole.desktop << "EOF"
[Desktop Entry]
Name=OpenJDK Java 9 Console
Comment=OpenJDK Java 9 Console

The choice of pt_BR is just an example. You can add any translation by adding lines corresponding to your locale, e.g. for fr_FR, “Name[fr_FR]=” and “Comment[fr_FR]=” with the appropriate text as values.

Command Explanations

bash configure...: the top level configure is a wrapper around the autotools one. It is not executable and must be run through bash.

--enable-unlimited-crypto: Because of limitations on the usage of cryptography in some countries, there is the possibility to limit the size of encryption keys and the use of some algorithms in a policy file. This switch allows to ship a policy file with no restriction. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure proper adherence to the law.

--disable-warnings-as-errors: This switch disables use of -Werror in the build.

--with-stdc++lib=dynamic: This switch forces the build system to link to (dynamic) instead of libstdc++.a (static).

--with-jtreg=$PWD/jtreg: This switch tells configure where to find jtreg. Omit if you have not downloaded the optional test suite.

--with-{giflib,lcms,libjpeg,libpng,zlib}=system: These switches force the build system to use the system libraries instead of the bundled versions.

--with-version-build: Currently, the build system does not include the build number in the version string. It has to be specified here.

--with-version-pre: This switch allows you to prefix the version string with a custom string.

--with-version-opt: This switch allows you to add an optional build description to the version string.

--with-cacerts-file=/etc/ssl/java/cacerts.jks: Specifies where to find a cacerts file, /etc/ssl/java/ on a BLFS system. Otherwise, an empty one is created. You can use the /usr/sbin/make-ca --force command to generate it, once you have installed the Java binaries.

--with-boot-jdk: This switch provides the location of the temporary JDK. It is normally not needed if java is found in the PATH.

find ... -iname '*.diz' -delete: This command removes redundant files.

Configuring OpenJDK

Configuration Information

Normally, the JAVA environment has been configured after installing the binary version, and can be used with the just built package as well. Review Configuring the JAVA environment in case you want to modify something.

To test if the man pages are correctly installed, issue source /etc/profile and man java to display the respective man page.

Settting up the JRE Certificate Authority Certificates (cacerts) file

If you have run the instructions for installing the JVM Certificate Authority Certificates, you only need to create a symlink in the default location for those certificates. As user root:

ln -sfv /etc/ssl/java/cacerts.jks /opt/jdk/lib/security/cacerts

To check the installatiion, as when installing the JVM Certificate Authority Certificates, issue:

cd /opt/jdk
bin/keytool -list -cacerts


Installed Programs: appletviewer, extcheck, idlj, jar, jarsigner, java, javac, javadoc, javah, javap, java-rmi.cgi, jcmd, jconsole, jdb, jdeps, jhat, jinfo, jjs, jmap, jps, jrunscript, jsadebugd, jstack, jstat, jstatd, keytool, native2ascii, orbd, pack200, policytool, rmic, rmid, rmiregistry, schemagen, serialver, servertool, tnameserv, unpack200, wsgen, wsimport, and xjc
Installed Libraries: /opt/OpenJDK-9.0.4/lib/*, and /opt/OpenJDK-9.0.4/jre/lib/*
Installed Directory: /opt/OpenJDK-9.0.4

Short Descriptions


allows to run applets outside of a web browser.


checks a specified jar file for title and version conflicts with any extensions installed in the OpenJDK software.


generates Java bindings from a given IDL file.


combines multiple files into a single jar archive.


signs jar files and verifies the signatures and integrity of a signed jar file.


launches a Java application by starting a Java runtime environment, loading a specified class and invoking its main method.


reads class and interface definitions, written in the Java programming language, and compiles them into bytecode class files.


parses the declarations and documentation comments in a set of Java source files and produces a corresponding set of HTML pages describing the classes, interfaces, constructors, methods, and fields.


generates C header and source files that are needed to implement native methods.


disassembles a Java class file.


is the Java RMI client.


is a utility to send diagnostic command requests to a running Java Virtual Machine.


is a graphical console tool to monitor and manage both local and remote Java applications and virtual machines.


is a simple command-line debugger for Java classes.


shows the package-level or class-level dependencies of Java class files.


parses a java heap dump file and allows viewing it in a web browser.


prints Java configuration information for a given Java process, core file, or a remote debug server.


is a command-line tool used to invoke the Nashorn engine. It can be used to interpret one or several script files, or to run an interactive shell.


prints shared object memory maps or heap memory details of a given process, core file, or a remote debug server.


lists the instrumented JVMs on the target system.


is a command line script shell.


attaches to a Java process or core file and acts as a debug server.


prints Java stack traces of Java threads for a given Java process, core file, or a remote debug server.


displays performance statistics for an instrumented JVM.


is an RMI server application that monitors for the creation and termination of instrumented JVMs.


is a key and certificate management utility.


converts files that contain non-supported character encoding into files containing Latin-1 or Unicode-encoded characters.


is used to enable clients to transparently locate and invoke persistent objects on servers in the CORBA environment.


is a Java application that transforms a jar file into a compressed pack200 file using the Java gzip compressor.


creates and manages a policy file graphically.


generates stub and skeleton class files for remote objects from the names of compiled Java classes that contain remote object implementations.


starts the activation system daemon.


creates and starts a remote object registry on the specified port on the current host.


is a Java XML binding schema generator.


returns the serialVersionUID for one or more classes in a form suitable for copying into an evolving class.


provides an ease-of-use interface for application programmers to register, unregister, startup and shutdown a server.


starts the Java IDL name server.


is a native implementation that transforms a packed file produced by pack200 into a jar file.


generates JAX-WS portable artifacts used in JAX-WS web services.


generates JAX-WS portable artifacts.


is a Java XML binding compiler.

Last updated on 2018-03-15 12:42:49 -0500