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Known state of Orbit Bundles.
Known state of Orbit Bundles.

Revision as of 10:05, 29 March 2017

This wiki page explains how projects can check whether they are ready for Java 9 and documents the state for each release train project. The page also indicates which projects will provide new support for Java 9, e.g. Eclipse JDT. Those projects are expected to contribute to what we will offer once Java 9 goes GA. Note that at this point, the Planning Council did not yet decide how to do that.

The biggest feature in Java 9 is the Java Platform Module System, a.k.a. Jigsaw. With this, access to internal code of the Java runtime will no longer work. The Planning Council requests every release train project to check whether they use internal code from the Java runtime, or whether they use a library (most likely from Orbit), that does so.

Java 9 uses *.jmod to package libraries as modules. The Java 8 version of JDT can't handle modules and so can't recognize a Java 9 JRE/JDK. Unfortunately licensing issues prevent JDT distributing Java 9 support until Java 9 GA. Consequently use of Java 9 prior to GA is not as trivial as one might expect.

There are several things you can do to check the readiness for Java 9.

Configure Eclipse for Java 9

Download Java 9

You need to download and install a Java 9 VM, e.g. from

Configure Eclipse to run on Java 9 VM

Unless you have Java 9 on your system path, you need to specify the use of your Java VM. If you already do this, simply replace it with a Java 9 VM. Otherwise it can easily be done by adding something like:

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk-9\bin\javaw.exe

following the --launcher.appendVmargs line to the eclipse.ini.

Configure Eclipse for Java 9 modules

Since the Eclipse SDK uses types that aren't in the java.base module, you need to add the following vmargs to eclipse.ini:


This step will no longer be necessary with 4.7 M7 and newer, as the launcher will add this by default (bug 493761). Your project might fail to run because you use types that are neither in java.base or, e.g. types from javafx.base. In that case you have to figure out which module(s) you need to add with --add-modules.

  • Only works in JDK 8, but not in JDK 9: Run jdeps fully.qualified.classname
  • In Eclipse with Java 9 Support (BETA) for Oxygen (see below), you can open the type in a JavaSE-9 JRE and perform Show In > Package Explorer. Inside the "JRE System Library" node, the Package Explorer will show the module in which that type resides.

eclipse.ini summary

Your eclipse.ini should contain something like:

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk-9\bin\javaw.exe

Install Eclipse Java 9 Support (BETA)

This is useful if you have to debug problems, e.g. when it fails to run your project.

This is essential if you want to run JUnit tests in the Eclipse IDE using Java 9.

We recommend to install the support via because it is crucial that the Eclipse install, the Java 9 VM and the patch match. If you are not using an EPP with a pre-installed Marketplace Client, you must install it first (from the General Purpose Tools category of the P2 repo).

Another way to install it is to use Ed's Oomph based installer described here:

Specify a Java 9 JRE

Use Window->Preferences->Java->Install JREs to make your Java 9 VM available within Eclipse.

You may want to associate Java 9 with some Execution Environments to force a rebuild using Java 9.

Run your tests with Java 9

You can do this locally or soon on Hudson. A Java 9 VM will hopefully be available on Hudson soon (bug 513618). To launch tests or self-hosted applications locally from your IDE with a Java 9 JRE, you need to install the Java 9 BETA support to configure an Installed JRE that points at a Java 9 JRE or JDK.

For JUnit (standalone) tests, you should specify a Java 9 execution environment on the JRE launch configuration tab.

For JUnit Plugin tests, you should specify a Java 9 execution environment on the Main launch configuration tab and as noted above, you must add "" to the VM arguments on the Arguments tab..

Check whether your project or required libraries use internals of the Java VM

Since Java 8 there is a tool that allows you to check whether you use internals of the Java VM. It is called jdeps(.exe). There are two ways you can check your code / repository:


1) We made an initial scan of the Oxygen (4.7) M5 release train repository and most of the violations are in third-party code. You have to work with the providers of the libraries to get this fixed or find an alternative approach.

2) lists alternatives that can be used instead of the internal code. You can see in this list that there's not a replacement for every issue, e.g. sun.misc.Unsafe has no replacement and continues to work, at least for now.

Reflection hacks

Unfortunately jdeps does not detect access to internals made via reflection. You have to check your code for such cases and fix them.

Java 9 Readiness

If a release train project is not listed here, it means it has not been checked yet, and you have to assume it won't run on Java 9. If something does not work, it should be covered by a bug report.

Project Contact Runs on Java 9 Adds Java 9 Support
Eclipse Project (Platform, JDT, PDE) Dani Megert Yes, but the module needs to be added and we have an open issue with some Platform UI tests due to org.objenesis (bug 508734). Yes, new code to support Java 9 development, compilation, and debugging will be delivered.
Web Tools Platform (WTP) Carl Anderson Not yet tested Yes, new code to support Java 9 facets will be delivered
EclEmma Evgeny Mandrikov Yes Yes, ability to measure code coverage by tests that are executed on Java 9 will be delivered.
Code Recommenders Andreas Sewe Yes @ M7 (bug 513634) Not planned yet (and blocked by bug 514393 and bug 514394).
Automated Error Reporting Andreas Sewe Yes n/a
Object Constraint Language (OCL) Ed Willink Yes @ M7. n/a
Declarative QVT (QVTd) Ed Willink Yes @ M7. n/a
Eclipse for Testers Marvin Mueller No / Yes if using "--permit-illegal-access" Not planned yet.

Known state of Orbit Bundles.

Bundle Version Runs on Java 9 Supports Java 9
org.objectweb.asm 5.2.0 Yes. No. The ClassReader throws an IAE for greater than Opcodes.V1_8.

Workaround: in JaCoCo - see This is safe, because Java 9 does not introduce any new instructions. Version can be restored after bytecode generation/modification - see

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