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Java Support for Oracle Products That Are Certified on Multiple Java Versions (Doc ID 1629827.1)

Last updated on JUNE 04, 2018

Applies to:

Java SE JDK and JRE - Version 1.5.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Some Oracle products can run on multiple release families of the JDK/JRE. As a convenience to the end user, they can choose which supported JRE/JDK family to use with those products. This does not imply that those earlier JDK/JRE releases will be available for the duration of the Oracle Product Support Lifetime. You should look at Oracle's Lifetime Support Policy timelines for each Java SE release family to determine until when will they be available.

As of June 2015 the JDK release families currently under premier or extended support are 1.6, 1.7 and 1.8.  Earlier versions of Java SE are no longer being updated.


For example, Oracle Product X can support users on JDK 1.6, JDK 1.7, and JDK 1.8 and has a support timeline that carries it until after the support timelines for JDK 1.6 and JDK 1.7 but not until after the support timeline of JDK 1.8.  Some users might continue to use JDK 1.6 until JDK 1.6 reaches sustaining support, or until a version of Oracle Product X removes JDK 1.6 from it's supported matrix. After that, users of Oracle Product X will have the option of switching to JDK 1.7 or JDK 1.8. Once Java SE 1.7 reaches sustaining support or when Product X de-supports Java SE 1.7, users of Product X will have to switch to JDK 1.8 in order to continue receiving updates and new fixes.


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