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Java 8

Status Long Term Support Release
Release Date 2014/03/18
EOL Date 2026/05
Bytecode Version 52.0
API Changes Compare to 7 - 6 - 5 - 1.4 - 1.3 - 1.2 - 1.1
Documentation Release Notes, Language Spec, VM Spec, JavaDoc
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Java 8 finally added lambda syntax and method references as a modern language constructs. The main application within the JDK API is the new java.util.streams package. A initial set of common functional interfaces is shipped in the new package java.util.function.

The extremely useful Joda-Time library has been integrated into the JDK as a new package java.time. Instead of the mostly deprecated java.util.Date and java.util.Calendar classes we now have a modern and powerful API for calculations with dates and times.

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Vendor Product License Platform Downloads
AdoptOpenJDK AdoptOpenJDK GPLv2+CE
AdoptOpenJDK OpenJDK Upstream Builds GPLv2+CE
  • linux-x64
  • windows-x64
Alibaba Dragonwell 8 GPLv2+CE
Amazon Corretto 8 GPLv2+CE
Azul Systems Zulu Builds of OpenJDK 8 GPLv2+CE
Azul Systems Zing Commercial
  • linux-x64
BellSoft Liberica GPLv2+CE
IBM IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8 Commercial
  • linux-ppc64
  • linux-ppc64le
  • linux-s390x
  • linux-x86
  • linux-x64
Oracle Java SE Development Kit 8 Commercial
Red Hat Red Hat build of OpenJDK 8 GPLv2+CE
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