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java – Android Studio needs JDK 7 for Android-L mac

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


I was trying to look how my app looks in material design and I would like to use the new cards lib.
My Problem is, that it’s giving me this error within my gradle file and I need to fix that.

Error:compileSdkVersion android-L requires compiling with JDK 7

I downloaded jdk-7u60-macosx-x64.dmgand installed it. java -versionin Terminal is showing me that 1.7 is installed:

java version "1.7.0_60"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_60-b19)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.60-b09, mixed mode)


ls -l `which java`

is giving me:

/usr/bin/java -> /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/Current/Commands/java

.../current/... doesn’t have a .../home. I found the .../home here:


And set the path to the “SDK location” Preferences in Android Studio under “JDK location”. But it’s not working — it seems that it still can’t find JDK 7.

I’m using Mac OSX 10.9.3 and Android Studio (Beta) 0.8.1.

How to&Answers:

Setting the directory to:
in JDK settings solved my issue. I had the same problem getting started up. Hope this helps!


@megapoff answer is correct . But I face little difficulty to fix it . So here is the detail solution step-by-step

For Mac

  1. Download the DMG file of JDK-7 from here
  2. Click on DMG and follow the instructions . It will install and configure JDK-7 on mac .
  3. Now in your android studio go to File->Project Structure -> SDK Location .
  4. In JDK location click on browse and go to /->Library->Java->JavaVirtualMachines->jdk1.7.0_60.jdk->Contents->Home

    Note :- Its Not /System/Library it’s /Library

  5. click Apply and OK ….
    Bingo ….. Build the project again …..


The other answers are very correct but I want to be more concise and clear. To prevent others from visiting this page multiple times unnecessarily.

Important* Old Path is /System/Library/Java… and New Path is /Library/Java… (Not under the System directory)

Replace old path: /System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.6.0_0.jdk/Contents/Home

Set your new path: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_79.jdk/Contents/Home


I haven’t moved over to Android Studio, yet. I’ve used it for a few tests and really like it. Just haven’t been able to switch over yet. I’ve had this sort of issue in Eclipse and that’s obviously a different solution, but looking through one of my test projects, this appears to be how you go about it:

Open your project and go to File->Settings.

Under the Project Settings, expand Compiler and go to the Java Compiler option. You want to use javac and set the project bytecode version to 1.7.

Hopefully that’ll do it.


For jdk-7u79-macosx-x64.dmg just Setting the directory to

Not in

Both are different


Instead of looking for the folder inside :

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We have to look into :


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