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Azul Product Support Lifecycle

Azul product releases align with Oracle’s and OpenJDK’s general availability for releases of Java SE. Azul customers have access to bug fixes, enhancements, and quarterly and emergency security updates.

Please note: As of July 31, 2019, Oracle Java 7 moved into Extended Support. If you are interested in exploring lower-cost Java 7 or Java 6 Support from Azul, please contact us immediately.

Azul’s commercial product releases are designated with one of two different support lifecycles: Long Term Support (LTS) and Medium Term Support (MTS).

  • Releases designated as LTS are those same LTS releases as designated by Oracle and the OpenJDK community. For LTS releases, Azul provides at least 8 years of access to bug fixes, security updates, and other (“Production Support”) fixes as needed plus 2 years of additional support intended to advise and assist users to migrate to a newer JDK version (“Extended Support”).
  • For those releases designed as MTS, Azul provides Production Support for at least 1.5 years after the general availability of the next LTS release, plus an additional 1 year of Extended Support.
  • For other Java feature releases, Azul will make feature preview or community builds available on its download page for 6 months.

Support lifecycle for existing and planned JDK releases

You can also use the table below to determine the expected availability of public updates and the lifecycle of Oracle’s commercial Java support offerings.

End of Commercial Support
Java SE Release Azul Lifecycle Java SE GA Date End of Oracle
Public Updates
Oracle Java SE Azul Zulu Enterprise Azul Zulu Embedded Azul Zing
Current Offerings
Java 6
LTS
Dec 2006
Apr 2013
Dec 2018
(12 yrs)
Dec ’19 / Dec ’23*
(13 yrs) / (17 yrs)*
Dec 2019
(13 yrs)
Apr 2017
(11 yrs)
Java 7
LTS
Jul 2011
Apr 2015
July 2022
(11 yrs)
July 2023
(12 yrs)
July 2023
(12 yrs)
Dec 2020
(10.5 yrs)
Java 8
LTS
Mar 2014
Jan 2019
Dec 2030
(16 yrs)
Dec 2030
(16 yrs)
Dec 2030
(16 yrs)
Dec 2030
(16 yrs)
Java 9
Preview
Sept 2017
Mar 2018
Mar 2018
(6 mo)
Community
Only
Community
Only
Community
Only
Java 10
Preview
Mar 2018
Sept 2018
Sept 2018
(6 mo)
Community
Only
Community
Only
Community
Only
Java 11
LTS
Sept 2018
Mar 2019
Sept 2026
(8 yrs)
Sept 2027
(9 yrs)
Sept 2027
(9 yrs)
Sept 2026
(8 yrs)
Java 12
Preview
Mar 2019
Sept 2019
Sept 2019
(6 mo)
Community
Only
Community
Only
Community
Only
Java 13
MTS
Sept 2019
Mar 2020
Mar 2020
(6 mo)
Mar 2023
(3.5 yrs)
Community
Only
Mar 2023
(3.5 yrs)
Java 14
Preview
Mar 2020
Sept 2020
Sept 2020
(6 mo)
Sept 2020
(6 mo)
Community
Only
Community
Only
Java 15
MTS
Sept 2020
Mar 2021
Mar 2021
(6 mo)
Mar 2023
(2.5 yrs)
Community
Only
Mar 2023
(2.5 yrs)
Future Offerings (Est.)
Java 16
Preview
Mar 2021
Sept 2021
Sept 2021
(6 mo)
Sept 2021
(6 mo)
Community
Only
Community
Only
Java 17
LTS
Sept 2021
Mar 2022
Sept 2029
(8 yrs)
Sept 2030
(9 yrs)
Sept 2030
(9 yrs)
Sept 2029
(8 yrs)

* Only for those customers who have purchased extended Java 6 support as part of their Zulu Enterprise support plan. Contact Azul for further information.

Additional Notes

  • Oracle information from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/eol-135779.html.
    The dates shown above for the Azul products are for the end of the Production Support term. Add an additional 2 years for Extended Support.
  • For Azul products or Java SE releases shown above which have not yet been released for general availability, Azul product availability and lifecycle designation are estimates and preliminary and subject to change.
    Commercial support for Azul products may be available for periods longer than shown above. Contact Azul
  • Sales for more information. Azul Java 8 EOL is currently set to December 2030. Contact Azul to discuss options for extended support of specific Java SE releases by Azul products.

For further information about the changes to the Java SE release cadence, Oracle’s announced support offerings, and further detail regarding Azul’s LTS and MTS releases, visit https://www.azul.com/products/zulu-enterprise/.

Other Releases

From time to time, Azul may offer “Feature Preview”, “Early Access” or “Not Supported” versions publicly or to select Azul customers. These releases are explicitly not supported in any manner.

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