Java 8 for Mac Using Firefox

How to Update to Java 8 on a Mac
* For Use with Firefox *

* Please note that we do not support versions of Java beyond Java 8, Update 121. *

1)  Find out which version of Java you have.  Note:  Not all Macs have Java installed on them.  If you don't see a Java icon in your "System Preferences" panel (use instructions below), go to step 2.

  • Click on the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
  • Click on “System Preferences”.
  • Click on the Java icon (in the bottom row of icons below):
  • Wait several seconds for the Java Control Panel to appear.
  • Once the Java Control Panel appears, click on the "General" tab, then on the "About" button to determine the version and update of Java you currently have.  ("Version 7 Update 71" means that you have Java 7, Update 71.)
  • Close the Java windows that are open ("About Java", "Java Control Panel" and "Java").​

2)  If you have Java 8, Update 121, you don't need to do anything else and can stop here.

3)  If you have something other than Java 8, Update 121, use these instructions to uninstall it and install Java 8, Update 121. 

 4) Use the correct version of Firefox as your browser (Firefox 52 ESR).  Here are the instructions.

 5)  Using Firefox, log into MyWellesley.  Then download Java 8 by clicking on the link below.  Do not start to install Java 8 yet-- just obtain the download:

                                        https://goo.gl/ozrzzv

 6)  Continue to use Firefox as your browser.  Do the following:

  • Double-click on the "golden box" icon.  Follow Apple's instructions to install Java:

     
  • If a "Verify Java Version" window appears, close it

7)  Change several Java settings on the Java Control Panel. 

  • Close all browsers and open windows.
  • In order to do change the settings, click on the Apple icon in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.
  • Click on “System Preferences”.
  • Click on the Java icon (go back to Step 1 if you'd like to see a screen shot showing the Java icon).
  • Wait several seconds for the Java Control Panel to appear.
  • Once the Java Control Panel appears, click on the "General" tab.  Click on the "About" button to determine the version and update of Java you currently have.  "Version 8 Update 121" means that you have Java 8, Update 121. That's the version you should have now.  After checking your version, close the "About Java" window.
  • Stay in the Java Control Panel.  Click on the "Update" tab.  Uncheck "Check for updates automatically", then click on "Do Not Check".  Click on "Apply", enter your password, then click on "OK".
  • Stay in the Java Control Panel.  Click on the "Security" tab.  Change the security level to "High":
  • Stay in the Java Control Panel.  Click on the "Edit Site List" button and add the following sites (you can copy and paste the text below into the site list) (see image above):
  • Stay in the Java Control Panel.  Click on the "Advanced" tab.
    • In the "Java Console" section, select "Do not start console".
    • In the "Mixed code (sandboxed vs. trusted) security verification" section, select "Enable - hide warning and run with protections".
    • In the "Advanced Security Settings" section, be sure only the items below are checked.  Click on "Apply".
  • Click "Apply", then "OK".
     

8)  Log out of MyWellesley.  Close Firefox, then reopen it.  Log back into MyWellesley.  

 9)  Banner ERP users only:  Use Firefox as your browser.  Open Banner ERP. 

  • If you see a message that says your Java version is out of date, check "Do not ask again until the next update is available" and click on "Later".
  • If you see "Activate Java Applet" link, click on it:
           
  • If you're asked to allow bannererp.wellesley.edu to run "Java Applet", click on the "Allow and remember" button.
  • If you're asked if you want to run this application, click "Run".
  • At this point, you should be able to log into Banner ERP.  If you are unable to do so, please be sure you've followed each of the steps above.  If you still can't log in, call the Help Desk at x3333.