How to change java version on the fly (in MacOS)

First, we need to install JEnv, we can do it through:
brew install jenv

In some cases, the user folders are not created during installation, we can make sure they are created:
mkdir ~/.jenv
mkdir ~/.jenv/versions

Now, we check which versions of Java are installed:
jenv versions

How to install older versions, like Java 8

We enable the cask-versions of Homebrew, and we can access some older versions (in this case, Java 8):

brew tap homebrew/cask-versions
brew install --cask graalvm/tap/graalvm-ce-java8

Now, we add it to jenv
jenv add /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/graalvm-ce-java8-

We set the global java version we want to use (we can also do this locally, per-project):
jenv global 1.8

For Maven to fetch the current jenv selected version we need to enable the plugin
jenv enable-plugin maven


Some times JEnv will not work without a reboot, we can issue this command to register it:
eval "$(jenv init -)"

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