Software requirements

JOSM requires a recent version of Java 8 or later runtime environment to be installed on your computer.

If you have only an older Java version and cannot update, there are older versions of JOSM available:

  • Version 3377 for Java 5.
  • Version 7000 for Java 6.
  • Version 10526 for Java 7.

Old versions of JOSM, including Mac and Windows installers, are available in the download archive. However it is highly recommended to always use the latest stable version.

If you have only an old version of Java 7 (older than update 25, released in June 2013), you can run version 10526 of JOSM, but you may face the following Java bug. To get rid of it, please perform the corresponding update actions.

  • #8182: Mac OS: Cannot open files in directories with swedish characters in them -> Update to Java 7 update 10 or later (see Java bug 7193966)


  • Launching JOSM on the command line outputs
    Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: JOSM : Unsupported major.minor version 52.0
    → Make sure to install Java 8 or later as described above.
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