Install JDK 5 on Snow Leopard

Download Leoapard (Mac OS X 10.5) JDK from

Extract gzip archive.
tar -xvzf java.1.5.0-leopard.tar.gz

Move extracted folder to java framework installation folder. You need to do this as root user.
sudo mv 1.5.0 /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/1.5.0-leo 

Go into java versions folder
cd /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/ 
Remove old java 5 sym links
  • sudo rm 1.5.0
  • sudo rm 1.5
Create new symlinks to 1.5.0-leo
  • sudo ln -s 1.5.0-leo 1.5.0
  • sudo ln -s 1.5.0 1.5