Java SE General FAQs

This collection of general FAQs about the Java Platform, Standard Edition, provides brief answers to the most common questions about the technology. It also links to more detailed information available from this web site.


Java SE Universal Subscription offers customers licensing and support for Java SE for cloud deployments, server, and desktop use per the support roadmap.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What releases of Java technology are currently available?

    The Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and Java SE Universal Subscription from Oracle include the Java Development Kit (JDK), and Java Runtime Environment (JRE). The current releases of the software and links to older versions are available from the Java SE download page.

  • What does Oracle Java SE Universal Subscription offer?

    In addition to Oracle’s award-winning support program, Oracle Java SE Universal Subscription offers

    • Oracle Java SE licensing and support for cloud deployments, server, and desktop
    • Access to performance, stability, and security updates directly from Oracle
    • Access to several Oracle Java SE versions past end of public updates (EoPU)
    • Oracle Java SE 8 and 7 enterprise management, monitoring, and deployment features
    • Around-the-clock My Oracle Support with support for 27 languages and fast-fix turnarounds
    • Access to critical bug fixes before they get included in publicly available releases
    • Simple monthly subscription pricing
    • Direct access to updates from My Oracle Support (MOS)
    • Tools for monitoring and managing your Java installations (JMS and AMC)
    • Access to GraalVM Enterprise Edition
  • What versions of Java can I get support for and at what service level?

    The Java SE support roadmap is published on OTN.

  • How is Java SE Universal Subscription priced?

    Java SE Universal Subscription is sold by an Employee-based metric. Pricing starts at $15/employee per month. Published tier pricing is as low as $5.25 per month and can be even lower for customers with more than 50k employees. Contact your Oracle representative for additional information. Refer to the Java SE Universal Subscription FAQ.

  • Do I need a separate support contract for JavaFX?

    No. JavaFX is part of the technologies covered under Oracle Java SE Subscription. As of JDK 7u6 JavaFX is included with the standard JDK and JRE bundles. Note that for JDK 11 and later JavaFX is no longer included the JDK but remains available as a third party library from other vendors. 

  • Supported System Configurations

    Each release of Oracle Java SE Universal Subscription supports the same system configurations as the corresponding Java SE release. Additional supported system configurations will be added based on customer requirements. For the latest supported system configurations, including Operating System version, Hardware Platforms, Desktop Managers and browser, refer to:

  • Key Product Lifecycle Dates

    See Oracle Support Policies for complete details. See the Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap for additional information.

  • Where do I report a bug or Request for Enhancements (RFE)?

    In the event that an update or revision introduces a regression, customers are encouraged to report the problem to Oracle immediately and we will immediately start working to resolve the issue. Oracle Java SE Universal Subscription users can report a bug through My Oracle Support.

  • What is the Java Naming Scheme?

    The goal with the Java brand and naming architecture is easy -- keep it simple! The following terms should always be used at first reference:

    • Java™ Platform, Standard Edition
    • Java™ Platform, Enterprise Edition
    • Java™ Platform, Micro Edition

    For more information, read the Java Naming page.

  • Where can I get information on licensing?

    Please see the licensing FAQ.