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Java SE 8 End of Public Updates for Commercial Use (Doc ID 2511229.1)

Last updated on MAY 10, 2021

Applies to:

Java SE JDK and JRE - Version 8 to 8
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Oracle Java SE 8 reached its End of Public Updates in January, 2019.  This means that Java SE 8 updates are no longer released publicly for Commercial use after January, 2019.  However, Oracle will continue to release new Java SE 8 updates publicly for a restricted set of use cases.

Historically, for all previous Java SE versions (7, 6 and older), the End of Public Updates has meant that Oracle no longer released any future update for that version on any public websites for public download.  Any updates released after the End of Public Updates were released on My Oracle Support (MOS) or certain other Oracle internal channels for those support customers who are entitled to download them. 

For Java SE 8, the End of Public Updates is being handled differently.  For Java SE 8, Oracle will continue to release new updates on its public websites for personal/individual users or for non-production, development/testing purposes.  However, commercial/business use of those public releases in production is restricted and requires a commercial license. 

This is being accomplished through a change in the license agreement for all Java SE 8 Updates released after January, 2019. 

The first release after January, 2019, is the April 2019 CPU, released on April 16, 2019.  Therefore, the new license agreement is effective for all Java SE 8 releases beginning with the April 16, 2019 CPU and PSU releases.   This means that Commercial Users may use the January 2019 CPU in production without a commercial license, but will need to obtain a commercial license to use the April 2019 CPU/PSU or later release in production.

The above information is for informational purposes only.  The changes are fully described in the following documents, which take precedence for any discrepancy. 

Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap

Oracle Java SE 8 Release Updates announcement

Oracle Java SE Releases FAQ




I am able to download Java SE 8 updates as MOS patches and from MOS documents, such as Document 1439822.1 and Document 1414485.1. Does that mean I am entitled to use them for commercial purposes?

  • The Oracle Java SE JRE and JDK releases available through MOS are accessible by all customers, but only customers with a commercial license are entitled to download and use them. You will need to ensure you have the appropriate license(s). All Java SE download documents and Patch READMEs available from MOS contain the following statement:
    Note: You must have a current commercial license or support contract with Oracle that includes Oracle Java SE to use the Oracle JRE Updates and Oracle JDK Updates available on the Support Portal. The Oracle Java Binary Code License for the Java SE Platform Products that may appear on installation or otherwise is not a commercial license for this purpose. Please contact your Oracle sales representative if you are unsure whether you have the proper license or would like to obtain one.


Contact your sales representative to discuss your Java SE licensing needs.


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