Your farmerswife (fw) system needs to be upgraded and running on version 6.5 or later in order to use "OpenJDK" instead of "Java (Oracle)."
NOTE: Since the Release of farmerswife v6.8 you need to run OpenJDK v11 on the fw Server app's host machine if hosted on macOS and on Windows and Linux since v7.0, in order for the Web Client and Mobile Web Client (and fwplay if licensed) to work.
IMPORTANT: There are multiple different versions of Java available!
Only use the latest v11 "Hotspot" version.
Due to customer reports and own tests, using other versions than v11 (like v17 or v19) have repeatedly wrongly causing various issues.
Java only needs to be installed on the fw Server app host machine; it is used by the built-in web server and powers the Web Client and Mobile Web Client (and fw Play if licensed).
We recommend manually keeping OpenJDK up to date. If it auto-updates while the fw Server app is running, then the Web Client and Mobile Web Client can't be used until the fw Server app is restarted. You should first Quit the running fw Server app, then update OpenJDK and then launch the fw Server app again.
While doing the below actions, ensure the fw Server app is not running, and also check in Activity Monitor on Mac or Windows Task Manager that no "Java" process is running!
1. First UNINSTALL ALL previous Java versions - especially the old deprecated v1.6, v1.7 and v1.8 - on the fw Server host machine; you might need to search for uninstall instructions.
It can help to use the Windows Task Manager or Activity Monitor on Mac to ensure that no "Java" process is still running.
Only then Install OpenJDK.
2. Download OpenJDK e.g. here:
Since 2022 this has been rebranded to this: https://adoptium.net
Use the "Hotspot" version v11!
Last updated February 21st, 2024 (MV):
The latest "LTS" Hotspot version to be using now is 11.0.22+7
The installers are called for example:
On Windows: OpenJDK8U-jdk_x64_windows_hotspot_11.0.22_7.msi
On Mac: OpenJDK8U-jdk_x64_mac_hotspot_11.0.22_7.pkg
On Linux: OpenJDK8U-jdk_x64_linux_hotspot_11.0.22_7.tar.gz
⚠️ This is IMPORTANT in relation to the "log4j" exploit!
Ensure you have at least "LTS" Hotspot version 11.0.1 installed, even better follow the above info.
See more info on the "log4j" issue here: "log4j" exploit and farmerswife
We are using this on our side, and we recommend you do the same on yours.
3. After launching the fw Server application again, check e.g. that the Web Client is properly running.
Using the Windows Task Manager or Activity Monitor on Mac can help to ensure that now the "Java" process is running.
Known Errors and how to solve them:
"Error 500" - issues:
You are running a Java version higher than v11. Remove all Java versions on the host machine and follow the above instructions.
fw - farmerswife
JRE - Java Runtime Environment
JDK - Java Development Kit
LTS - Long Term Support
v - version