Support Bulletin: End of Support of Java 6 and 7

  • Updated

Issued: 10th February 2022

Contrast will end support for Java 6 and 7 with the launch of the Contrast Java agent 4.X in July of 2022. The Java ecosystem has long since moved on from Java 6 and 7 and Java 8 is widely considered to be the new minimum standard.

What’s changing and why?

After the 4.X version in July, the Contrast Java agent will no longer be compatible with Java 6 or 7 compilers. Upgrading to Java 8 affords users a number of advantages:

  • Improved agent performance: We can now use high-performance caching libraries that require Java 8 or later.
  • A slimmer agent JAR file: With the new functionality included in Java 8 and later, several current dependencies can be dropped.

What does this mean to you?

You should upgrade your applications to Java 8. By July, 2022, with the release of Contrast Java agent 4.X:

  • Java applications using Java 6 and 7 will no longer be supported.
  • Support for them will follow the standard Contrast Support Policy.

For additional details regarding support for Java 6 & 7, visit our FAQ.

For information about our support policy, reference our Support Reference Guide. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to discuss this issue further, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at:

Phone: 240.252.5188

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