The JDK is available for 64-bit x64
macOS (and that version also works with Rosetta 2
), while an early access build (developer preview) from Microsoft is also available to support recent Apple M1
The JDK has as its primary components a collection of programming tools, including:
- appletviewer – this tool can be used to run and debug Java applets without a web browser
- apt – the annotation-processing tool
- extcheck – a utility that detects JAR file conflicts
- idlj – the IDL-to-Java compiler. This utility generates Java bindings from a given Java IDL file.
- jabswitch – the Java Access Bridge. Exposes assistive technologies on Microsoft Windows systems.
- java – the loader for Java applications. This tool is an interpreter and can interpret the class files generated by the javac compiler. Now a single launcher is used for both development and deployment. The old deployment launcher, jre, no longer comes with Sun JDK, and instead it has been replaced by this new java loader.
- javac – the Java compiler, which converts source code into Java bytecode
- javadoc – the documentation generator, which automatically generates documentation from source code comments
- jar – the archiver, which packages related class libraries into a single JAR file. This tool also helps manage JAR files.
- javafxpackager – tool to package and sign JavaFX applications
- jarsigner – the jar signing and verification tool
- javah – the C header and stub generator, used to write native methods
- javap – the class file disassembler
- javaws – the Java Web Start launcher for JNLP applications
- JConsole – Java Monitoring and Management Console
- jdb – the debugger
- jhat – Java Heap Analysis Tool (experimental)
- jinfo – This utility gets configuration information from a running Java process or crash dump. (experimental)
- jmap Oracle jmap - Memory Map– This utility outputs the memory map for Java and can print shared object memory maps or heap memory details of a given process or core dump. (experimental)
- jmc – Java Mission Control
- jpackage – a tool for generating self-contained application bundles. (experimental)
- jps – Java Virtual Machine Process Status Tool lists the instrumented HotSpot Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) on the target system. (experimental)
- jrunscript – Java command-line script shell.
- jshell - a read–eval–print loop, introduced in Java 9.
- jstack – utility that prints Java stack traces of Java threads (experimental)
- jstat – Java Virtual Machine statistics monitoring tool (experimental)
- jstatd – jstat daemon (experimental)
- keytool – tool for manipulating the keystore
- pack200 – JAR compression tool
- policytool – the policy creation and management tool, which can determine policy for a Java runtime, specifying which permissions are available for code from various sources.
- VisualVM – visual tool integrating several command-line JDK tools and lightweight[clarification needed] performance and memory profiling capabilities
- wsimport – generates portable JAX-WS artifacts for invoking a web service.
- xjc – Part of the Java API for XML Binding (JAXB) API. It accepts an XML schema and generates Java classes.
Experimental tools may not be available in future versions of the JDK.
The JDK also comes with a complete Java Runtime Environment
, usually called a private
runtime, due to the fact that it is separated from the "regular" JRE and has extra contents. It consists of a Java Virtual Machine
and all of the class libraries present in the production environment, as well as additional libraries only useful to developers, such as the internationalization
libraries and the IDL
Copies of the JDK also include a wide selection of example programs demonstrating the use of almost all portions of the Java API
Ambiguity between a JDK and an SDK
The JDK forms an extended subset of a software development kit (SDK). It includes "tools for developing, debugging, and monitoring Java applications".
Oracle strongly suggests to now use the term JDK
to refer to the Java SE Development Kit. The Java EE SDK is available with or without the JDK, by which they specifically mean the Java SE 7 JDK.
In addition to the most widely used JDK discussed in this article, there are other JDKs commonly available for a variety of platforms, some of which started from the Sun JDK source and some that did not. All adhere to the basic Java specifications, but often differ in explicitly unspecified areas, such as garbage collection, compilation strategies, and optimization techniques. They include:
In development or in maintenance mode:
- Azul Systems Zing, low latency JDK for Linux;
- Azul Systems / OpenJDK-based Zulu for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, embedded and the cloud;
- OpenJDK / IcedTea;
- Aicas JamaicaVM;
- IBM J9 JDK, for AIX, Linux, Windows, MVS, OS/400, Pocket PC, z/OS;
Not being maintained or discontinued:
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- ^ "OpenJDK homepage". Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
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- ^ "Does OpenJDK work on Apple silicon?". isapplesiliconready.com. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
- ^ "Latest release | AdoptOpenJDK". adoptopenjdk.net. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
- ^ "JDK 5.0 Java Annotation Processing Tool (APT)-related APIs & Developer Guides -- from Sun Microsystems". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- ^ "Java SE Downloads". Oracle. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- ^ "Java EE 7 SDK distributions require JDK 7""Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7 SDK - Installation Instructions". Installing the Software. Oracle. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
- ^ "Azul Zing product page".
- ^ "Azul Zulu download page".
- ^ "developerWorks : IBM developer kits : Downloads". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- ^ "Support at Apple". Archived from the original on 13 December 2007.
- ^ "Java Linux Contact Information". Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- ^ "Java-Linux Latest Information". Archived from the original on 19 October 1996. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- ^ "JRockit Family Download page". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
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