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  1. Download the appropriate .tar.gz bundle for your platform of the Java 8 Runtime Environment from: <>

    For example: jre-8u121-linux-x64.tar.gz

  2. Unpack the bundle to a directory of your choice, for example to /opt

    sudo tar -xzf jre-8u121-linux-x64.tar.gz -C /opt

  3. Tell SmartGit to use this JRE by adding following line to ~/.smartgit/smartgit.vmoptions:


    For example:


  4. Restart SmartGit
  5. Invoke Help|About and make sure your JRE 1.8 is displayed there.

    For example:

Invoke Help|Check for New Version to upgrade to the latest SmartGit version.

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