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User questions about fixing javac not recognized error

Of all my posts, the one that gets most number of comments is – “Javac is not recognized as internal or external command

Due to heavy incoming comments, I stopped approving them long back to avoid the page become a giant one. However there are still users who’ve been commenting that they were not able to fix the issue. So creating this separate page to receive all such comments and provide help fix the issue. Others can also pitch in and help answer the questions/comments.

Go ahead and use the comments section below to ask your question.

9 comments… add one
  • Goran

    Thank you very much Srini

  • Oliver

    I have tried all of the above steps but when I try to install netbeans I am still getting the error message that it can’t find Java. I ran path in CMD and java is there and it is set correctly in environment variables under JAVA_HOME and PATH
    C:\Program Files\Java\jdk-11.0.2\bin
    the error message is JDK 7 or above is not found.
    Please help?

  • Taylor

    It’s still not working. I have followed all the steps and I can see ‘JDK’ when I type ‘set path’. If I type ‘java’ I get a list of java commands. If I type ‘javac’ I get ‘javac is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file’

    Does anyone have any idea on what is happening and how to fix it?

  • Muntasir

    C:\Users\SudoX64>echo %Path%
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Oracle\Java\javapath;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\; C:\Users\SudoX64\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python37-32\Scripts; C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_201\bin;C:\Users\SudoX64\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python37-32\Scripts\;C:\Users\SudoX64\AppData\Local\Programs\Python\Python37-32\; C:\java\bin

    I made a new folder in c and installed java in it.
    Setting the path did not help and i’m having javac not recognized…. Please help

  • Ankit Tiwari

    Thanks for the detailed description. It was really helpful.

  • Sushil yadav

    thank you sir its working now

  • Anjali

    I have installed jdk 1.8 on my system. However ,I am also getting the same error for javac. When tried to follow the steps mentioned, I am not able to edit the System variables while setting the path.
    Kindly advise.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Srini

      Hmm..If you were able to install, you must be having admin privileges and so should be able to edit system variables. Please elaborate at what step it’s stopping you from editing.
      Also, have you tried setting the path from CMD as well?

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