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  1. Download java 8 release of the Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
  • For the standalone version you will only need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) not Java Development Kit (JDK)
  • Java 8 isn’t just recommended… it’s required for most releases in the 2.x series.
    To download the application use the this link
  • Accept the license agreement and make sure you download the correct file basing on your operating system, whether its x32 or x64 bit.

Note: If you are unsure about the version please follow this guide

  • It is recommended to download the executable file (.exe) for a simpler run
  • Execute the downloaded file, accept the license agreement and follow the instructions in the wizard, installing in default installation directories.


You can install the OpenJDK on it's own as a package

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk

or automatically as a dependency of Tomcat

sudo apt-get install tomcat7
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  1. There are currently some compatibility issues with the latest stable release of Java, Downgrading to Java corrected these problems...

    • Admin page shows link to ** Fix Broken Definitions (2) ** under Manage Report Definitions - REPORT-317
    • Reporting module missing Indicator Web Report option when generating a report. - REPORT-317
    • XForms form designer doesn't open when you click to design a form.  Instead it prompts to download the file. XFRM-57

    This was observed on Linux (SLES 11) with OpenMRS Version: 1.8.3 Build 24510, and Version: 1.9.0 beta Build 25105; both with Reporting 0.7.0.  The same results are observed with Tomcat 7.0.23 and Tomcat 6.0.20.  For additional details see the mailing list.