Unsupported major.minor version 52.0



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import java.applet.Applet;
import java.awt.*;

public class Hello extends Applet {

    // Java applet to draw "Hello World"
    public void paint (Graphics page) {
        page.drawString ("Hello World!", 50, 50);


        <TITLE>HelloWorld Applet</TITLE>

        <APPLET CODE="Hello.class" WIDTH=300 HEIGHT=150>


Hello : Unsupported major.minor version 52.0

What may the problem be?

1/14/2017 4:45:05 PM

The smart way to fix that problem is to compile using the latest SDK and use the cross compilation options when compiling. To use the options completely correctly requires the rt.jar of a JRE (not JDK) of the target version.

Given the nature of that applet, it looks like it could be compiled for use with Java 1.1.


You will need to change your compiler compliance level back to 1.7 in your IDE.

This can be done in the preferences settings of your IDE. For example, in Eclipse go to menu WindowsPreferences, select Java, and expand it. Then select Compiler and change the compliance level to 1.7. I am sure this will work from there.


You must run and compile your application with the same version of Java.

If you're using Eclipse you should do 2 things:

  1. In Eclipse, click on "Window > Preferences", and in the window that appears, on the left side, under "Java", click on "Installed JREs", click on "Add..." and navigate to the folder that contains the JDK.

  2. Right-click on your project and click on "Properties", in the window that appears, on the left side, click on "Java Compiler" and uncheck "Use compliance from execution environment on the Java Build Path", this allows you to choose in the the list "Compiler compilance level" the same version that you set in the previous step.


You need to upgrade your Java version to Java 8.

Download latest Java archive

Download latest Java SE Development Kit 8 release from its official download page or use following commands to download from the shell.

For 64 bit

 # cd /opt/

 # wget --no-cookies --no-check-certificate --header "Cookie:; oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" ""

 # tar xzf jdk-8u51-linux-x64.tar.gz

For 32 bit

 # cd /opt/

 # wget --no-cookies --no-check-certificate --header "Cookie:; oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" ""

  # tar xzf jdk-8u51-linux-i586.tar.gz

Note: If the above wget command doesn’t not work for you, watch this example video to download the Java source archive using the terminal.

Install Java with alternatives

After extracting the archive file, use the alternatives command to install it. The alternatives command is available in the chkconfig package.

 # cd /opt/jdk1.8.0_51/

 # alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /opt/jdk1.8.0_51/bin/java 2

 # alternatives --config java

At this point Java 8 has been successfully installed on your system. We also recommend to setup javac and jar commands path using alternatives:

 # alternatives --install /usr/bin/jar jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_51/bin/jar 2

 # alternatives --install /usr/bin/javac javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_51/bin/javac 2

 # alternatives --set jar /opt/jdk1.8.0_51/bin/jar

 # alternatives --set javac /opt/jdk1.8.0_51/bin/javac

Check installed Java version

Check the installed version of Java using the following command.

[email protected] ~# java -version

java version "1.8.0_51"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_51-b16)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.51-b03, mixed mode)

Configuring Environment Variables

Most of Java-based applications use environment variables to work. Set the Java environment variables using the following commands:

Setup JAVA_HOME Variable

# export JAVA_HOME=/opt/jdk1.8.0_51
Setup JRE_HOME Variable

# export JRE_HOME=$JAVA_HOME/jre
Setup PATH Variable

# export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$JRE_HOME/bin:$PATH

Note that the change to the PATH variable put the new Java bin folders first so that they override any existing java/bins in the path. It is a bit sloppy to leave two java/bin folders in your path so you should be advised to clean those up as a separate task.

Also, put all above environment variables in the /etc/environment file for auto loading on system boot.


I had the same problem... a JDK and plug-in version conflict.

I compiled using 1.8 ... the latest one, and that message started to appear. So I've searched for the JRE 7 ( and installed it... again... Now 1.8 and 1.7 in the same computer.

Using NetBeans, and compiling, and targeting to version 1.7, fixed my problem.