(Updated April 15, 2019)
Oracle provides this Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap, to help you understand maintenance and support options and related timelines. If you are looking for the latest free JDK release from Oracle under an open source license, please see jdk.java.net. We recommend you take some time to understand the new Java SE release cadence and OpenJDK builds from Oracle so that you can make the best decisions for your corporate and personal use.
In this roadmap:
Oracle Customers are those Oracle customers with an active (1) Java SE Subscription and/or Java SE Desktop Subscription, (2) support contract for Oracle Java SE Advanced, Oracle Java SE Advanced Desktop, Oracle Java SE Suite, and/or Java SE Support, or (3) Java SE support entitlement for use of Java SE solely with another Oracle product (Visit My.Oracle.Support Note 1557737.1 - Support Entitlement for Java SE When Used As Part of Another Oracle Product – Requires Support Login).
Personal, Development and other Users are those who use Java SE under one of the permitted uses at no cost under the Oracle Technology Network License Agreement for Java SE. This includes individuals who use Java SE for free on personal desktops or laptops, or those who use Java SE for development use. Please see the Oracle Technology Network License Agreement for Java SE FAQ for more information.
Since September 2017, Oracle provides JDK releases under a free open source license (similar to that of Linux). Beginning with Java SE 11 (September 2018, LTS), not only does Oracle provide releases for free for all users under an open source license, but Oracle also provides releases which are commercially supported and included for use with Oracle products. For more information, see "Oracle JDK Releases for Java 11 and Later".
Dates listed below apply only to the commercially supported Oracle JDK releases included in Oracle Java SE binary products. Availability and community support of OpenJDK releases provided by Oracle is listed separately on jdk.java.net.
Java SE 8 has gone through the End of Public Updates process for legacy releases. Oracle will continue to provide free public updates and auto updates of Java SE 8, until at least the end of December 2020 for Personal, Development and other Users. Personal, Development and other Users will continue to get free Java SE 8 updates from Oracle at java.com (or via auto update). As of the April 16, 2019 quarterly critical patch update, Oracle Customers should access updates to Java SE 8 for commercial use from Oracle through My Oracle Support and via auto update where applicable (Visit My.Oracle Support Note 1439822.1 - All Java SE Downloads on MOS – Requires Support Login).
Oracle does not plan to migrate desktops from Java SE 8 to later versions via the auto update feature. This includes the Java Plugin and Java Web Start. Instead of relying on a browser-accessible system JRE, we encourage application developers to use the packaging options introduced with Java SE 9 to repackage and deliver their Java applications as stand-alone applications that include their own custom runtimes.
Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap*†
|Release||GA Date||Premier Support Until||Extended Support Until||Sustaining Support|
|6||December 2006||December 2015||December 2018||Indefinite|
|7||July 2011||July 2019||July 2022||Indefinite|
|8**||March 2014||March 2022||March 2025||Indefinite|
|9 (non‑LTS)||September 2017||March 2018||Not Available||Indefinite|
|10 (non‑LTS)||March 2018||September 2018||Not Available||Indefinite|
|11 (LTS)||September 2018||September 2023||September 2026||Indefinite|
|12 (non‑LTS)||March 2019||September 2019||Not Available||Indefinite|
|13 (non‑LTS)||September 2019***||March 2020||Not Available||Indefinite|
Support for Deployment Technology and JavaFX*
|Version||GA Date||Java Web Start Support Until||Java Plugin (Applets) Support Until||JavaFX Support Until|
|6||December 2006||October 2017||October 2017||N/A|
|7||July 2011||October 2017||October 2017||July 2019|
|8||March 2014||March 2025****||March 2019||March 2022|
|9 and later||N/A||N/A||N/A|