Java Hello World Example: How To Write and Execute Java Program on Unix OS

by Ramesh Natarajan on February 12, 2010

Question: I would like to understand the basics of how to write, compile and execute a Java program on UNIX / Linux OS. Can you explain it with a simple example?

Answer: In this article, let us review very quickly how to write a basic Hello World Java program and how to compile *.java program on Linux or Unix OS.

1. Write a Hello World Java Program

Create the program using a Vim editor as shown below.

$ vim
/* Hello World Java Program */
class helloworld  {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println("Hello World!");

2. Make sure Java Compiler (javac) is installed on your system

Make sure javac is installed on your system as shown below.

$ dpkg -l | grep java
ii  java-common                                0.30ubuntu5                                Base of all Java packages
ii  sun-java6-bin                              6-16-0ubuntu1.9.04                         Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (ar
ii  sun-java6-jdk                              6-16-0ubuntu1.9.04                         Sun Java(TM) Development Kit (JDK) 6
ii  sun-java6-jre                              6-16-0ubuntu1.9.04                         Sun Java(TM) Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 (ar
ii  sun-java6-plugin                           6-16-0ubuntu1.9.04                         The Java(TM) Plug-in, Java SE 6

$ whereis javac
javac: /usr/bin/javac /usr/share/man/man1/javac.1.gz

$ which javac

3. Compile the Program

Compile the using javac command as shown below. This will create the helloworld.class file.

$ javac

$ ls -ltr
total 1760
-rw-r--r-- 1 ramesh ramesh     149 2010-01-23 09:51
-rw-r--r-- 1 ramesh ramesh     426 2010-01-23 09:52 helloworld.class

4. Execute the Java Class Program (helloworld.class)

Execute helloworld.class as shown below.

$ java helloworld
Hello World!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 jameslee February 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm

i m using rhel5 can i install java compiler?

2 jo3r October 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm

sudo yum install javacc

3 sirsath manoj January 8, 2012 at 12:58 am

thank you sir.
you have told about how to create and execute java program…

4 Elaine Morrison March 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thanks!!! Fabulous! I’m now figuring out how to do the different scripts in the shell. Wild.

5 andu March 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

thank u sir,
you have told about how to create and execute java program

6 santhosh June 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

Hello sir.this is santhosh just I’ve completed my 12th class.I am very eager to know the java programming.can you help me.if you help me I’ll become a very good java programmer.

7 Kainiteh June 26, 2013 at 6:27 am

@ Santhosh
Go to book store or online shop and buy a copy of “Head first Java” book,
You will really love to study java in Head first java book.
Happy learning

8 santhosh June 27, 2013 at 7:18 am

Thank u sir.I kind of u

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