Support Bulletin: End of Support for On-Premises Contrast Server on Java 8

  • Updated

Issued: 23rd June 2022

What’s changing and why? 

Starting with JDK 9, Oracle does not plan to offer a separate Java SE Embedded product download. Therefore, after August 1, 2022, the Contrast server will require Java 11 or higher. Upgrading affords users a number of advantages: 

  • Modularity
  • Performance improvements
  • Security

What does this mean to you?

Contrast server v3.7.2+ already includes Java 11 or higher. If you use the version of Java which comes bundled with the on-premises Contrast installation, no direct action is required. 

However, if you provide your own Java to the Contrast server, you should upgrade your on-premises Contrast setup to Java 11 or higher by August 1, 2022. You can check which Java installation is in use, by following the steps here.


  • Contrast Security will no longer support earlier versions of the Contrast server using Java 8 Embedded or fix any critical bugs for those versions.
  • On-premises customers using their own Java 8 installation will need to upgrade to Java 11+ prior to upgrading the Contrast server.
  • In order to take advantage of new language features Contrast may offer, you must upgrade to Java version 11+.
  • On-premises customers will need to install a Java 11+ runtime and configure the Contrast server to use it, following the steps here, prior to upgrading the Contrast server. Unless upgraded to the newest version, the installer will fail to install.
  • Please find the recommended and minimum supported Java versions here: MySQL and Java requirements for distributed installations

For additional information about our support policy, check 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

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