Error java lang UnsupportedClassVersionError Unsupported major minor version

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I am trying to use Notepad++ as my all-in-one tool edit, run, compile, etc.

I have JRE installed, and I have setup my path variable to the .../bin directory.

When I run my "Hello world" in Notepad++, I get this message:

java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: test_hello_world :
 Unsupported major.minor version 51.0
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method)
    at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClassCond(Unknown Source)
       .........................................

I think the problem here is about versions; some versions of Java may be old or too new.

  1. How do I fix it?
  2. Should I install the JDK, and setup my path variable to the JDK instead of JRE?
Jul 28, 2020 in Java by kartik
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Hello @kartik,

This error means you're trying to load a Java "class" file that was compiled with a newer version of Java than you have installed.

For example, your .class file could have been compiled for JDK 7, and you're trying to run it with JDK 6.

So the solution is to either:

  • Upgrade your Java runtime or
  • Recompile the class if you have the source, using your local Java compiler (if you have one).

    javac FileName.java

For developers, this can happen if another developer checks in a .class file, and they've got a newer version of java than you have!

Hope it helps!!

Thank You!!

answered Jul 28, 2020 by Niroj
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