BuildVu is compatible with Java 8 and later versions of the language.
The minimum compatible version will be Java 8 until October 2024, when it will be raised to Java 17. We will review the Java version again in October 2024 and will confirm our plans for October 2025 at that time.
BuildVu is a multi-release jar. It will run on Java 8 without module path and also supports the module path available in Java 11 and later.
Whilst we support Java 8, due to bugs in the OpenJDK 8 JVM implementation, running BuildVu with OpenJDK 8 can cause lower-quality rendering, missing image content, higher memory usage, and potentially JVM crashes.
If you are currently running BuildVu using OpenJDK 8 we strongly recommend you update to at least OpenJDK 11 or use an alternative JDK provider.
We offer support for running BuildVu on Java 8, Java 11, Java 17, and the latest Java version.
This policy will be reviewed in October 2024. We will give at least 12 months notice of any changes in our Java version support.