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Trying to create a base database and LO cannot create as it is asking for a JAVA something to be installed. How can I create a database?

asked 2015-12-15 21:04:49 +0100

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updated 2015-12-18 15:01:45 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I have a MacBook Pro using OX El Capitan and the latest version of LibreOffice. When I attempt to create a Base database I get the following message: "The connection to the data source "resume clients" ( this is the name I gave to the database I want to create) could not be established. No java installation could be found. Please check your installation."

What do I have to do in order to create and use a database? I am not a computer techie and do not know what Java is or how to check my installation. Thank you for any help you can render.

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answered 2015-12-17 21:56:29 +0100

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You need an installation of Java Runtime Environment if you are going to use LO with Base.

The good news: you can download and install JRE from the Oracle's site here .

[ Previous versions of OS X to El Capitan used to come with Java ]

The not so good news: there have been several problems, reported in this forum and Bugzilla (the bug reporting forum for LO), on using the combination of LO (latest version)/Base/Java with El Capitan.

Ssearch for El Capitan here to discover more.

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answered 2016-03-05 12:56:19 +0100

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In order to use LibreOffice Base, you need a Java runtime environment JRE); however, the standard installer from Oracle doesn't include and update all the necessary path informtation needed by LibreOffice.

The solution is to download and install Java Development Kit (JDK) which includes the JRE and also makes the necessary links for LibreOffice to work.

Get the JDK here:

Once installed, navigate to the LibreOffice menu item > Preferences… > LibreOffice > Advanced Check the box to use a Java Runtime Environment Select a Java Runtime Environment from the list Click OK.

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Thank you, jmtl! that solved it for me! :D

letsenna gravatar imageletsenna ( 2016-03-19 09:07:02 +0100 )edit

I have tried this and it still isn't working.

AliceD gravatar imageAliceD ( 2016-03-29 18:55:55 +0100 )edit

answered 2015-12-18 15:18:15 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Further to JayArr's accurate answer:-


Computer OSs come (broadly) in 32-bit + 64-versions; Macs, of course, can then historically add other cpu to this list. You need to discover what CPU your Mac is using, then download+install that specific version of LO (programs are written in source-code--which is plain-text--then compiled for use upon a specific cpu; this is why you need to know your computer cpu).

In the situation where your computer is a 64-bit (intel) cpu but LO only has a 32-bit (intel) program, it is normally possible to run a 32-bit program on a 64-bit computer (consult your OS to be certain).


Java is also a compiled program, and broadly the same rules apply to obtaining a version of Java as apply to obtaining LO, with this twist:-

You need to obtain the same cpu version of Java as your LO version.

Thus, if LO is 32-bit & your cpu is 64-bit, you may need to have 64-bit java for other programs, but you will need 32-bit java for LO.

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Dude, even I, thanks to Wikipedia, know that OS X dropped support for PowerPC since 10.6 Snow Leopard and 32-bit Intel since 10.7 Lion, becoming exclusively 64-bit Intel, so if you're using an OS X, 32-bit and PowerPC, variably, doesn't matter.

rautamiekka gravatar imagerautamiekka ( 2015-12-19 01:07:26 +0100 )edit
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