SDKMAN! - The Fun Side of Managing Java JDKs

SDKMAN! - The Fun Side of Managing Java JDKs

Discover the magic of SDKMAN! and how it can turn your Java development into a joyful experience

Java developers around the world know the struggle of managing different Java versions and tools in their development environments. SDKMAN is here to save the day! It's a versatile, user-friendly tool that simplifies managing multiple Java versions and other development tools on your machine. In this blog post, we will dive into the fun side of SDKMAN

What is SDKMAN

It is a Software Development Kit Manager that makes it easy to install, manage, and switch between different Java versions, Groovy, Scala, Kotlin, and other JVM-related tools. It does all the heavy lifting for you, so you can focus on what truly matters - writing great code.

Why is it so much fun?

Simplify your life with one command

Gone are the days of manually downloading and configuring Java JDKs. With SDKMAN, you can install, update, and switch between multiple Java versions with just one command. No more fiddling with environment variables and configuration files - just pure, unadulterated fun.

Explore the world of JVM languages

It isn't just limited to Java. With its support for Groovy, Scala, Kotlin, and other JVM languages, you can quickly set up and experiment with new languages, expanding your knowledge and adding excitement to your development journey.

Stay up-to-date with ease

Keeping your JDKs and tools updated has never been easier. It checks for updates and prompts you when a new version is available. With a single command, you can update your tools and stay current with the latest features and improvements.

  1. Tame the beast of multiple projects

Working on multiple projects with different Java versions and tools can be a daunting task. It allows you to switch between JDK versions effortlessly, ensuring compatibility and preventing conflicts. Now you can jump between projects with ease and confidence.

  1. Customize your command-line experience

It is highly customizable, allowing you to personalize your command-line experience. You can create aliases for different JDK versions, making it even easier to switch between them. Plus, the user-friendly interface and helpful commands make it a pleasure to work with.

Getting started with SDKMAN

Installing is a breeze. Simply open a terminal and run the following command:

curl -s "" | bash

Once installed, open a new terminal and type sdk help to explore the available commands. To install a specific Java version, use sdk install java <version>. For example:

sdk install java 17.0.2-open

To switch between Java versions, use sdk use java <version>:

sdk use java 11.0.13-open

That's it! You're now ready to explore the fun side of Java development with SDKMAN.

So, SDKMAN is very useful for Java developers. It simplifies the management of JDKs and tools, allowing you to focus on your code instead of wrestling with configurations.