Getting started

Support for backported Java versions

The role will install OpenJDK 8 environment on Debian Jessie by default, using the backported packages from the jessie-backports repository. Backports are configured using debops.apt Ansible role; if the does not detect the debops.apt configuration, it will switch to the default JRE packages available for a given release. Remember to use the provided example playbook, which will configure APT preferences for the ca-certificates-java package.

Support for Oracle Java packages

To use the non-free Oracle Java packages, check the JavaPackage page on Debian Wiki to see how to build the proper APT packages with non-free Java. You will need to publish them in a local APT repository. After that, you can change the default Java package in java__base_packages list to your preferred version.

Conditional installation of Java Development Kit (JDK)

Some environments might require a full Java Development Kit to work correctly, however by default the role installs only the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). To install the full JDK in a compatible version, you can set the java__install_jdk boolean variable to True, either via Ansible inventory variables or via role dependent variables.

Example inventory

To configure a Java environment on a specific host, it needs to be added to the [debops_service_java] host group in Ansible inventory:


Example playbook

If you are using this role without DebOps, here's an example Ansible playbook that uses the role:


- name: Manage Java environment
  collections: [ 'debops.debops', 'debops.roles01',
                 'debops.roles02', 'debops.roles03' ]
  hosts: [ 'debops_service_java' ]
  become: True

  environment: '{{ inventory__environment | d({})
                   | combine(inventory__group_environment | d({}))
                   | combine(inventory__host_environment  | d({})) }}'


    - role: apt_preferences
      tags: [ 'role::apt_preferences', 'skip::apt_preferences' ]
        - '{{ java__apt_preferences__dependent_list }}'

    - role: java
      tags: [ 'role::java', 'skip::java' ]