How can I install the icedtea 7 plugin on 16.04?

by Zev Sero   Last Updated January 12, 2018 23:02 PM

I have just installed Ubuntu 16.04, and need to run a Java 7 applet in Firefox, so I installed OpenJDK 7 following the instructions here. Now when I test my java version this is what I get:

% java -version
java version "1.7.0_95"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea 2.6.4) (7u95-2.6.4-3)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.95-b01, mixed mode)

Now I need the Iced Tea plugin so I can run Java 7 applets in Firefox, but icedtea-7-plugin is no longer available.

% sudo apt install icedtea-7-plugin
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package icedtea-7-plugin is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'icedtea-7-plugin' has no installation candidate

Can anyone tell me where to find the correct plugin and how to install it?

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