Running Adobe Flash Builder on Mac with Java 7/8

By Krati Rastogi and Vivek Kumar

Adobe® Flash® Builder® 4.7, which is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for developing games and applications using ActionScript and Flex framework runs on Java 6. If you do not have Java 6 on your machine Flash Builder does not launch and instead displays this error.

flash-builder

Steps to follow

  1. Set your JAVA_HOME to Java 7 or Java 8 as per the correct paths on your machine.
  2. export JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_79.jdk/Contents/Home
    export JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_91.jdk/Contents/Home
  3. Open JVM’s Info.plist at $JAVA_HOME/../Info.plist and add the highlighted lines to JVMCapabilities array:arrays
  4. Create a symlink for libjvm.dylib as follows:
  5. sudo mkdir –p /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_79.jdk/Contents/Home/bundle/Libraries
    sudo ln -s /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_79.jdk/Contents/Home/jre/lib/server/libjvm.dylib /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.7.0_79.jdk/Contents/Home/bundle/Libraries/libserver.dylib
    

    Note: Correct the version number (in jdk1.7.0_79.jdk) path in the above example to make it point to the correct path on your machine.

  6. Set java.library.path by adding the following lines at the end of “/Applications/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7.ini”.
-Djava.library.path=../../../eclipse/plugins/com.adobe.flexide.nativelibs_4.7.0.349722/os/macosx/:../../../eclipse/plugins/com.adobe.flexide.amt_4.7.0.349722/os/macosx/:../../../eclipse/plugins/com.adobe.flexbuilder.utils.osnative_4.7.0.349722/os/macosx/

Restart your machine and launch Flash Builder.

Possible error

If you are trying to launch Flash Builder on Mac OS 10.12 and you see an error such as:

java.lang.RuntimeException: Application "com.adobe.flexbuilder.standalone.FlashBuilderApplication" could not be found in the registry. The applications available are: org.eclipse.ant.core.antRunner, org.eclipse.ant.ui.antRunner, org.eclipse.equinox.app.error, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.director, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.garbagecollector.application, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.publisher.InstallPublisher, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.publisher.EclipseGenerator, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.publisher.ProductPublisher, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.publisher.FeaturesAndBundlesPublisher, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.reconciler.application, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.repository.repo2runnable, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.repository.metadataverifier, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.artifact.repository.mirrorApplication, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.metadata.repository.mirrorApplication, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.updatesite.UpdateSitePublisher, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.publisher.UpdateSitePublisher, org.eclipse.equinox.p2.publisher.CategoryPublisher, org.eclipse.help.base.infocenterApplication, org.eclipse.help.base.helpApplication, org.eclipse.help.base.indexTool, org.eclipse.jdt.apt.core.aptBuild, org.eclipse.jdt.core.JavaCodeFormatter, org.eclipse.ui.ide.workbench, org.eclipse.update.core.standaloneUpdate, org.eclipse.update.core.siteOptimizer.
 at org.eclipse.equinox.internal.app.EclipseAppContainer.startDefaultApp(EclipseAppContainer.java:248)
 at org.eclipse.equinox.internal.app.MainApplicationLauncher.run(MainApplicationLauncher.java:29)
 at org.eclipse.core.runtime.internal.adaptor.EclipseAppLauncher.runApplication(EclipseAppLauncher.java:110)
 at org.eclipse.core.runtime.internal.adaptor.EclipseAppLauncher.start(EclipseAppLauncher.java:79)
 at org.eclipse.core.runtime.adaptor.EclipseStarter.run(EclipseStarter.java:344)
 at org.eclipse.core.runtime.adaptor.EclipseStarter.run(EclipseStarter.java:179)
 at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
 at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
 at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
 at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:597)
 at org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main.invokeFramework(Main.java:622)
 at org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main.basicRun(Main.java:577)
 at org.eclipse.equinox.launcher.Main.run(Main.java:1410)
 

Locate a directory named “p2” at /Applications/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7/ and delete it. Flash Builder should now launch.

2 Responses to Running Adobe Flash Builder on Mac with Java 7/8

  1. StuartInKingston says:

    I’m unable to get this to work, I’ve tried twice on a fresh install of Mac OS 10.11.6 with both JDK-8u101 and JDK-102. Each time I’ve received the following error when launching Flash Builder 4.7:

    An error has occurred. See the log file /Users/user/Documents/Adobe Flash Builder 4.7/.metadata/.log

    http://pastebin.com/m6YKCgjW

    • Milind Kumar Jha says:

      Hello,
      This is possible because of some error in the 4th step above. Please re-check once if the line added as part of 4th step is exactly the same.
      Even an extra space or missing “-” at the start would result in such failures.