(Updated September 25, 2018)
Oracle provides this Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap, including the availability of public updates, to help understand the maintenance and support options available. 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 decision for your corporate and personal use.
The guidance below applies to three types of Java users:
Oracle Customers. 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 1439822.1 - All Java SE Downloads on MOS – Requires Support Login).
Commercial Users. Commercial Users are entities other than Oracle Customers that use Java SE for business, commercial or production purposes as part of a Java application delivered by a third party or developed internally.
Personal Users. Personal Users are individuals who use Java SE on personal desktops or laptops. Personal users include individuals using Oracle Java SE to develop applications for hobby or educational purposes, play games or run consumer productivity applications.
Starting with Java SE 9, in addition to providing Oracle JDK for free under the BCL, Oracle also started providing builds of OpenJDK under an open source license (similar to that of Linux). Oracle is working to make the Oracle JDK and OpenJDK builds from Oracle interchangeable - targeting developers and organizations that do not want commercial support or enterprise management tools. Beginning with Oracle Java SE 11 (18.9 LTS), the Oracle JDK continues to be available royalty-free for development, testing, prototyping or demonstrating purposes. As announced in September 2017, with the OracleJDK and builds of Oracle OpenJDK being interchangeable for releases of Java SE 11 and later, the Oracle JDK will primarily be for commercial and support customers and OpenJDK builds from Oracle are for those who do not want commercial support or enterprise management tools. For more information and status, see "Oracle JDK Releases for Java 11 and Later".
Dates listed below for Public Availability and Java SE Support apply only to the Oracle JDK binaries included in Oracle Java SE binary products. Availability and community support of OpenJDK binaries provided by Oracle is listed separately on jdk.java.net.
Oracle will make available to Commercial Users and Personal Users updates to publicly available versions of Oracle Java SE in accordance with the table below. Once a Java SE version reaches “End of Public Updates”, any further updates will be available only to Customers and accessible through My Oracle Support and via corporate 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 will continue to provide Public Updates and auto updates of Java SE 8, until at least the end of December 2020 for Personal Users, and January 2019 for Commercial Users.
Java SE Public Updates
|Release||GA Date||End of Public Updates |
|Commercial User End of Public Updates||Personal User End of Public Updates|
|7||July 2011||March 2014||April 2015|
|8||March 2014||September 2017||January 2019****||December 2020****|
|9 (non‑LTS)||September 2017||September 2017||March 2018|
|10 (18.3^) |
|March 2018||March 2018||September 2018|
|11 and later||No longer Applicable - See here for more information.|
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 (18.3^)(non‑LTS)||March 2018||September 2018||Not Available||Indefinite|
|11 (18.9^ LTS)||September 2018||September 2023||September 2026||Indefinite|
|12 (19.3^ non‑LTS)||March 2019***||September 2019||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|