Oracle Java SE 6 and JRockit End of Support
(Doc ID 2244851.1)
Last updated on JUNE 29, 2022
Applies to:Oracle JRockit - Version 7.0 and later
Java SE JDK and JRE - Version 6 to 6 [Release 6]
Information in this document applies to any platform.
Oracle Java SE 6 (Oracle JDK 6 and Oracle JRE 6) and Oracle JRockit (all versions) Extended Support period ended as described below:
- Java SE 6 Deployment Technology (i.e. web technology; primarily, Java Plugin and Java WebStart): Extended Support ended June, 2017.1
- Java SE 6 product: Extended Support ended December, 2018.2
- Oracle JRockit product (all versions): Extended Support ended December, 2018.2
End of Extended Support means that the products go into sustaining support mode, as defined by the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy, i.e. no further patch updates (no bug fixes, security fixes or feature implementations) will be provided, and only very limited support will be available after the above respective dates. Also see Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap.
2WebLogic Server (WLS) 10.3.6 certifies JRockit, Oracle JDK 6 and Oracle JDK 7. However, when an Oracle product certifies more than one version of a JDK, upgrading to the higher version JDK is required when the lower version support ends, in order to receive support for both products. This is documented in the <Document 952075.1> Java SE End of Life and Oracle Fusion Middleware Policy:
If a FMW product is certified on multiple Java SE versions, the newer Java SE version will be supported for use of the FMW product for the full remaining life cycle of the FMW product. When Extended Support ends for the older Java SE version, customers must upgrade to the newer Java SE version in order to continue to receive Support, for Java SE and for the FMW product that uses Java SE. We will no longer issue new bug fixes, including fixes for security vulnerabilities, for the older Java SE version, or the FMW product running on the older Java SE version.
Note also that Java SE 6 Extended Support end date now coincides with the WLS/FMW 11g Premier Support end date. (See LSP and Note 1585582.1, "Extended Fusion Middleware 11g Lifetime Support Policy Dates" ).
WLS/FMW 11g Extended Support continues for a longer period than Java SE. The implication is that a FMW 11g customer running on a JDK from Oracle (JRockit or Hotspot), who wants to run on a supported JDK from Oracle after the Premier Support date, will need to be running on Oracle JDK 7 (Hotspot). This means an upgrade from 11g on JDK 6 to 11g on JDK 7 should be performed if planning to use Extended Support.
This means that WLS 10.3.6, is no longer fully supported with Java SE 6 and JRockit (which is based on Java SE 6) effective December, 2018. WLS 10.3.6 users must upgrade to JDK 7 in order to receive support. This is further stated in the <Document 950131.1> Error Correction Support Dates for Oracle WebLogic Server. See the note (b) under Question 2:
2. How does this policy affect WebLogic Server 11g versions (10.3.1+)?
(b) WLS 10.3.6 has 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: <Note 952075.1> -Java SE End of Life and Oracle Fusion Middleware Policy
Support customers using Java SE 6 or JRockit (any version) must upgrade to Java SE 8 or a newer supported JDK version, such as JDK 11 or JDK 17, for comprehensive support of your JDKs.
If you have Java SE Support/Subscriptions for your custom or third party Java applications, or you use Java SE with another Oracle application that requires Java, downloads may be obtained as MOS patches from:
If you do not have Java SE Support/Subscriptions for your custom or third party Java applications, you may use public downloads that are available from:
See those documents and websites for any specific use restrictions.
Preparing for a Java SE upgrade:
Review General Guide and Reference for Upgrading to a New Java Version and the following guides appropriate for your situation.
JRockit users are encouraged to review the JRockit to Hotspot Migration Guide in preparation for migrating to Java SE.
All users migrating to a newer Java version are encouraged to read the adoption/migration guide for the new version:
- Java SE 8: JDK 8 Adoption Guide
- Java SE 11: Oracle JDK Migration Guide for Java SE 11
- JDK 17: Oracle JDK Migration Guide for JDK 17
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