Manage JDKs in MacOS


Install JDK 9 in MacOS using Homebrew:

brew update
brew cask install java

All Java version get installed here: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines lets take a look.
ls -la /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachinesList installed JDKs in your OSX:

 $ /usr/libexec/java_home -V

You should get result like this:

Matching Java Virtual Machines (5):
 9.0.1, x86_64: "Java SE 9.0.1" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-9.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home
 1.8.0_121, x86_64: "Java SE 8" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_121.jdk/Contents/Home
 1.7.0_80, x86_64: "Java SE 7" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_80.jdk/Contents/Home
 1.6.0_65-b14-468, x86_64: "Java SE 6" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home
 1.6.0_65-b14-468, i386: "Java SE 6" /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk-9.0.1.jdk/Contents/Home

Install jenv:
brew install jenv

Set JDK by following jenv commands:


Note: Tested on macOS Sierra.

Attach debugger in IntelliJ with Spring Boot application

intellij idea

If you run your java application inside the IntelliJ, you can do it with the green debug button. But, if you are running the application from command line, like me, it’s the way to go –

Step 1: Run your application with debug jvm arguments.

$ mvn spring-boot:run -Drun.jvmArguments="-Xdebug -Xrunjdwp:transport=dt_socket,server=y,suspend=y,address=5005"

Step 2: Configure IntelliJ.

  • Select menu Run -> Edit Configurations
  • Create new Remote Configuration. Default configuration works with 5005 port. Change if you see fit.
  • Connect application by running (green bug icon!) Remote Configuration created on last step.

Step 3: Happy debugging 🙂