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JDT Core/Java8

This page summarizes the work that is being done to add Java™ 8 support into Eclipse. As of now JSR 335 (Lambda expressions) and JSR 308 (Type annotations) are being planned

Java 8 features that are being worked on

What needs to be done


Current status

Updates are filed in the top level bug [380190 - Add support for Java SE 8]


  • The following lines should be added in all headers of modified files for Java™ 8 implementation:
 * This is an implementation of an early-draft specification developed under the Java
 * Community Process (JCP) and is made available for testing and evaluation purposes
 * only. The code is not compatible with any specification of the JCP.

What to do to set up the IDE

  • You need to install a JDK8 build as an installed JRE in order to run the tests using the JavaSE-1.8 Execution Environment.

Configure a project to use Java 8 features

Because JDT/UI does not yet offer the options to configure a project for Java 8, any projects wishing to use Java 8 features should be manually configured by ensuring these lines in <project>/.settings/org.eclipse.jdt.core.prefs:



This is a work in progress. The contents of the BETA_JAVA8 branch will be updated as the changes are made to the JSR Specification.

If you need any help with this, please contact the JDT/Core team through either the forum or Bugzilla.