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Java 8

Status Long Term Support Release
Release Date 2014-03-18
EOL Date 2026-05
Latest Version 8u322
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
SCM hg

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.

New Features





Vendor Product License Platform Downloads
Adoptium Eclipse Temurin GPLv2+CE
AdoptOpenJDK AdoptOpenJDK GPLv2+CE
AdoptOpenJDK OpenJDK Upstream Builds GPLv2+CE
Alibaba Dragonwell 8 GPLv2+CE
Amazon Corretto 8 GPLv2+CE
Azul Systems Zulu Builds of OpenJDK 8 GPLv2+CE
Azul Systems Azul Prime Commercial
  • linux-x64
BellSoft Liberica GPLv2+CE
IBM IBM SDK, Java Technology Edition, Version 8 Commercial
IBM Semeru Runtime Open Edition, Version 8 GPLv2+CE
Oracle Oracle JDK 8 Commercial
Red Hat Red Hat build of OpenJDK 8 GPLv2+CE


Instantly compile and run Java 8 snippets without a local Java installation.

import; public class Java8 { public static void main(String[] args) { Stream.of("Hello", "Java", "8").map(String::toUpperCase).forEach(System.out::println); } }