Change Java Version in Eclipse
- Download and Add a New Version of JRE in Eclipse
- Change Java Version for a New Project in Eclipse
- Change Java Version for a Current Project in Eclipse
It may be needed that users have to degrade or upgrade the Java version while working on a particular project. In such a case,
Eclipse IDE allows us to change the JDK version for a particular project.
This article explains the step-by-step guide to changing the Java version in the Eclipse IDE.
Download and Add a New Version of JRE in Eclipse
Before we learn to change the Java version for the current project, we have to ensure that we have downloaded and added that JDK version in Eclipse. Otherwise, users can follow the below steps.
Open the Eclipse IDE, and go to
Preferences from the Menu bar; it will open up a dialog box. Go to
Installed JRES in the dialog box.
As shown in the image below, all JREs are added to the Eclipse. If a user finds whatever version of JRE is needed here, users can skip the below steps and proceed towards changing the Java version for any particular project.
To add a new JRE, users need to click on the
Add button in the
Preferences dialog box.
Users will see another dialog box opened on the screen. Select
Standard VM from that dialog box.
Now, users will see a dialog box opened on the screen to add a new JRE. Users must find the location of the JRE installed and copy that path inside the
JRE home text field.
Users can insert any name inside the
JRE name text field. After that, users have to click on the
Users can see another new JRE added to the Eclipse in the image below. Click on the
Apply and Close button at the bottom of the dialog box.
We have successfully added the new
JRE to Eclipse.
Change Java Version for a New Project in Eclipse
Users should follow the below steps to use the custom Java version for the new project.
To create a new project, go to
Java Project. It will open a dialog box.
Fill in the name for the project and choose the
JRE inside the JRE section.
Now, in the sidebar of Eclipse, users can see that a new project has been added with the particular version of JRE.
Change Java Version for a Current Project in Eclipse
If users have already created the project and want to change the JRE version for a particular project, they should follow the below steps.
In the sidebar of Eclipse, right-click on the project name and click on
Properties to go to the project properties dialog box. Next, in the dialog box, move to the
Java Build Path from the sidebar and
Libraries from the top bar.
Next, select the
JRE System Library [jdk - version] and click on the
Remove button to remove the Java version from the current project.
After that, users should click on the
Add Library button from the right sidebar in the dialog box. If the button is disabled, select
Modulepath, and it will be enabled.
JRE System Library from the
Add Library dialog box and click on the
System Library section, choose the
Alternate JRE radio button and change the JRE version from the dropdown menu. After that, users have to click on the
Users can see that a new JRE has been added to the current project.
Furthermore, users can see in the sidebar of Eclipse that the JRE version for the current project has been changed.
We have learned to change the Java version for the current or new project in Eclipse. All users need to do is download and install JRE, which they want to use with the project, and add it to Eclipse.
After that, users can customize the JRE version for Java projects.