Dec 16 2008

Java plugin 64-bit, now available.

Sun Microsystems announced the 64-bit version of the JRE, which includes the Java Plugin.

This means that if you have a 64-bit version of a Linux distribution, you can now have Java applets running in your Firefox.

Download at

You can install in /usr/local/

Then, you need to make a symbolic link, (it’s OK if Firefox is still running)

ln -s /usr/local/jre1.6.0_12/lib/amd64/ ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Then, in Firefox, visit about:plugins and check if the new plugin is recognised. You should see the text below.

Όνομα αρχείου: /usr/local/jre1.6.0_12/lib/amd64/
Τύπος MIME Περιγραφή Επιθέματα Ενεργές
application/x-java-vm Java Ναι
application/x-java-applet Java Ναι
application/x-java-applet;version=1.1 Java Ναι

Finally, test your browser with the demo applets at

I do not know how well some complicated Java applications will behave. If you do not see the applet starting up (there is no loading indication), have a look at ~/.xsession-errors for any hints of a failed applet.

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