Saturday, May 26, 2018

Getting XMind 8 to work on openSUSE Leap 15

openSUSE Leap 15 was officially launched on 25th May 2018.  More at

XMind is my go-to mind mapping software for a few years now.  More at


Using the XMind 8 Linux package (zip file) and following the, albeit brief, instructions at, you will see XMind launch with the GUI Splash screen but the program will fail and exit.


XMind is a Java-based application and it is sensitive to the version of Java.  The default Java runtime in openSUSE Leap 15 is OpenJDK version 10.0.1 (dated 2018-04-17).


Install the older OpenJDK version 1.8.0.  Instead of removing the default version 10.0.1, I elected to install the older version 1.8.0 alongside and switch the default path for Java to 1.8.0.

Here are my steps:

zypper in java-1_8_0-openjdk

update-alternatives --config java
(followed by picking the newly installed jre-1.8.0)

Validate:  java -version

That's it.  Now, when we execute the XMind program, it will work and launched successfully.  

Keep Calm & Carry On loving Linux!


  1. Hi Me,
    thanks for sharing your solution. However, making an older version of java the default, is no option for me.
    Is there another solution to this issue?