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

Last updated on NOVEMBER 08, 2020

Applies to:

Java SE JDK and JRE - Version 6 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. Customers should look at Oracle's Lifetime Support Policy timelines for each Java SE release family to determine end of error correction dates.

As of February, 2019, the JDK release families currently under premier or extended support, i.e. still in error correction period, are Java SE 7, Java SE 8 and JDK 11.  Earlier versions of Java SE are no longer being updated.


Say Oracle Product X can support users on JDK 6, JDK 7, and JDK 8 and has a support timeline that carries it until after the support timelines for JDK 6 and JDK 7 but not until after the support timeline of JDK 8.  Some users might continue to use JDK 6 until JDK 6 reaches Sustaining support, or until a version of Oracle Product X removes JDK 6 from its supported matrix. After that, users of Oracle Product X will have the option of switching to JDK 7 or JDK 8. Once Java SE 7 reaches sustaining support or when Product X de-supports Java SE 7, users of Product X will need to switch to JDK 8 in order to continue receiving updates and new fixes.

For example,

WebLogic Servier (WLS) 10.3.6 certifies JRockit R28.*, Oracle JDK 6 and Oracle JDK 7, and has the following support dates:

JRockit R28.3.* and Java SE 6 have the following support dates:

Java SE 7 has the following support dates:


Users may continue to use JRockit R28.3.* or JDK 6 and receive updates until JRockit and Java SE 6 reach Sustaining support in December, 2018.  After that, users need to migrate to Oracle JDK 7 in order to continue to receive JDK updates and new fixes. 


Note that the Fusion Middleware (FMW) support roadmap shows that the WLS 10.3.6 also de-supported JDK 6 after December, 2018. 

See <Document 1290894.1> Error Correction Support Dates for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (11.1.1/11.1.2) which states:

Note: WLS 10.3.6 and latest 11.1.1.x versions have been certified on both JDK 6 and JDK 7. Oracle JDK 6 support will end December 2018. After December 2018, WLS 10.3.6 error correction will only be provided on JDK 7. WLS 10.3.6/Oracle JDK customers wishing to receive WLS (and Oracle JDK) error correction beyond December 2018 must be on JDK 7. Refer to the following for details: <Document 952075.1> -Java SE End of Life and Oracle Fusion Middleware Policy.



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