Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Eclipse does not contain the JNI_CreateJavaVM - Mac OS X (10.9) Mavericks

Based on a recent experience, I thought it would be useful to post this blog for others who might also be struggling with this particular error message. After the Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) upgrade, I hit the following error message from Eclipse Kepler (4.3.1) 32-bit
The JVM shared library "/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_25.jdk/Contents/Home/bin/../jre/lib/server/libjvm.dylib" does not contain the JNI_CreateJavaVM symbol.
Also, there is another error message you might receive from Eclipse:
To open “” you need a Java SE 6 runtime. Would you like to install one now?
I read through this bug report at - and that gave me some ideas as to how to workaround my Eclipse on Mavericks issues. Easy solution, download & install the Oracle JDK 7 and make sure to use the 64-bit version of Kepler. I have had Java 7 on the machine for a while and Java 8. I have historically used the 32-bit version of Eclipse which worked great with Java 6 which was the default from the Mac OS X perspective. Here is what I think happened, Mac OS X Lion (10.7) included Apple's Java 6 JRE, with Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) it is no longer included. The Apple Java 6 supported 32-bit & 64-bit with a command line switch, Eclipse Juno & Kepler were seemingly able to handle that scenario. Now, Java 7 comes directly from Oracle and is installed separately on my box. In order to address the "you need a Java SE 6 runtime" specifically, I also needed to update your Info.plist in the JDK7 at /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_25.jdk/Contents/Info.plist with the following in the JVMCapabilities section:
Once the changes to Info.plist have been made you will need to reboot for it to take effect. Some other settings that might be important: JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_25.jdk/Contents/Home And I do not recall making any changes to Eclipse.ini that mattered, what follows is what I have right now on my machine, provided in case there is something tweaked in your installation. EDIT: It turns out that I did need to update my eclipse.ini, eclipse was picking up a Java 8 installation that I had and I needed to force it back to Java 7 as it was causing some other problems. Eclipse.ini for the 64-bit installation of Eclipse (underneath
Also, I did make the change recommended at It should be noted that you won't actually see something named "gatekeeper" in the UI.
Hopefully that helps, I spent plenty of time using Google looking at Bugzilla and StackOverflow entries but could not find something like this blog post that helped me address both issues (64-bit required, missing Java SE 6 runtime).


  1. I got to thank you man for those tips !

  2. I had a similar problem that was solvable by editing Info.plist, but I also found that adding empty folders at “/System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk” and “/System/Library/Java/Support/Deploy.bundle” caused OS X to use the Oracle JDK without modification.

  3. How do I access the info.plist

  4. The Info.plist file is editable via a regular text editor. I use Text Wrangler and TextMate, both of which show up under the Open With context menu (right-click on file).