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SAP Mobile SDK installer on Mac requires Java 7

Unfortunately, the InstallShield version used by the SAP Mobile SDK installer for Mac has a dependency on Java 7, and doesn’t play nice with Java 8.  So, if you find that clicking on setupMacOSX.jar seems to have no effect, you might be on a v8 version.

Switching back to v7 is quick; here’s a short how-to:

  1. Get Java Version 7:  Java Downloads for All Operating Systems Version 7 Update 71.  At the time of writing, the recommended version is Version 7 Update 71.    **EDIT:  Version 7 Update 75 is available as of January 24, 2015**.
  2. Uninstall newer version of Java.  How do I uninstall Java on my Mac?

    In Terminal, paste the following command: 

    sudo rm -fr /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin

  3. Run the Version 7 installer

Once you’ve installed to the SDK, it is fine to switch back to a newer Java version.  There are no runtime dependencies on the InstallShield when programming with the SDK components.

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