You can now download Java 8 Update 381 (JDK 8u381 and JRE 8u381) with 52 bug fixes, new features, and other enhancements.
If you have Java 8 installed on your system and auto-update functionality is enabled, it will automatically notify you of the latest update. Otherwise, you can download the full offline installers from the direct links below and install them manually.
Java 8 is the longest-supported version of Oracle’s Java programming language. It is a critical development platform used by millions of developers and billions of devices around the world. It is used to create applications for desktop, mobile, and web environments.
If you are running any apps or games developed in Java, you should probably keep Java updated on your computer. This will ensure maximum performance and security for your computer.
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Java release summary
- Latest Java Version: Java 8 Update 381-b31
- Release date: July 18th, 2023 (View all Java version release dates)
- Next scheduled release date: October 17th, 2023
- Expiry date: November 17th, 2023
- Compatible OS: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7, MacOS, Linux, and Solaris
- License: Free
What’s new in Java 8 Update 381
Java 8 Update 381 comes with the following updates.
JDK 8u381 contains IANA time zone data 2023c
IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) maintains a database of time zone information that represents the history of local time for many locations around the globe. This database is periodically updated to reflect changes by political bodies to time zone boundaries, UTC offsets, and daylight-saving rules.
The following changes have been made with this release:
- Egypt now uses DST again, from April through October.
- This year Morocco springs forward on April 23, not April 30.
- Palestine delays the start of DST this year.
- Much of Greenland still uses DST from 2024 on.
- America/Yellowknife now links to America/Edmonton.
- tzselect can now use the current time to help infer the timezone.
- The code now defaults to C99 or later.
- Fix the use of C23 attributes.
- This release’s code and data are identical to 2023a.
The latest version of Java 8 Update 381 includes the time zone data from 2023g of the IANA database. You can learn more about this here.
Additional Characters for GB18030-2022 Support
The new GB18030-2022 standard was recently issued by the China National Standard body (CESI) which required a new Charset, hence required additional characters.
JDK accepts RSA Keys in PKCS#1 format
The JDK providers, like RSA KeyFactory.impl and SunRsaSign provider, now accept RSA public and private keys in the PKCS#1 format.
For a PKCS#1 RSA private key and public key, the RSA private or public key object must follow the PKCS#1 format and an encoding that adheres to the ASN.1 syntax.
Apart from these changes, this release also includes a few bug fixes. You can read more about these changes in the Java 8 update 381 release notes.
Download Java 8 Update 381
Download JRE 8u381
Click on the following links to download the respective installers:
|JRE 8u381||MacOS||x64 DMG|
|JRE 8u381||Linux||x64 RPM|
|JRE 8u381||Solaris||x64 TAR.GZ|
SPARC x64 TAR.GZ
Download JDK 8u381
|JDK SE 8u381||Windows||x64|
|JDK SE 8u381||MacOS||x64 DMG|
|JDK SE 8u381||Linux||x64 RPM|
|JDK SE 8u381||Solaris||x64 TAR.GZ|
SPARC x64 TAR.GZ
Portable Java 8 download options
How to Install Java 8
Using Installation Wizard
Installing the downloaded package is pretty easy. Perform the following steps to install it on a Windows PC:
Run the download package Java package by double-clicking it.
Java will now begin the installation. This step should only take about a minute.
Once installed, click Close.
Using Command Prompt (silent installation)
Another method to install Java 8 is the Command Prompt. This method allows you to install Java silently, meaning you won’t be prompted to perform any confirmations or clicks.
Begin by downloading the Java or JDK setup as suggested above.
Press the Windows Key + R to open the Run Command box.
Type in “cmd” and press CTRL + Shift + Enter to run Command Prompt with elevated privileges.
Change the directory to where the Java/JDK setup is downloaded using the
cd /d [PathToJavaDownload]
Now use the following cmdlet with the “/s” switch to run the setup in silent mode:
Note: Use the appropriate cmdlet by changing the setup file name according to the one you have downloaded.
How to check installed Java version
To check the currently installed Java version on your PC, you can use the “Java uninstall tool.” It lists all the installed Java versions. You can also use the tool to uninstall different versions installed on your computer.
Alternatively, you can also check the installed Java version from the Programs and Features applet by typing in “appwiz.cpl” in the Run Command box.
You can also learn other methods to uninstall Java from your PC.
JDK vs JRE
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is a piece of software installed on your computer that allows you to run applications developed in Java on your device. It provides certain libraries and other components required to run a Java program.
JRE also includes Java Virtual Machine (JVM), which is an engine also required to run Java applications on a machine. This engine is included in the JRE package and cannot be installed separately.
The Java Development Kit (JDK) is a development kit meant for developers, for developing applications in Java. It includes both the JRE and the JVM. If you are looking to create your own Java applets, then JDK is what you need. If you have JDK already installed on your device, you do not require to install JRE separately, unless a different version is required.
This should clear up if you want to install JRE or the JDK.
Java 8 Update History
|Java 8 Version||Release Date||Description|
|Java 8 Update 391||17-Oct-23||30 bug fixes, includes a new JFR event, removed SECOM Trust System’s RootCA1 Root Certificate and Linux ARM32 support, and some other changes|
|Java 8 Update 381||18-Jul-23||52 bug fixes, the addition of Chinese characters, JDK accepts RSA keys in PKCS#1 format.|
|Java 8 Update 371||18-Apr-23||54 bug fixes, older SSL versions removed, GSS-API support added.|
|Java 8 Update 351||18-Oct-22||The default PKCS12 MAC algorithm was updated.|
|Java 8 Update 341||19-Jul-22||TLS 1.3 enabled by default.|
|Java 8 Update 333||2-May-22||Windows alternate data streams enabled by default.|
|Java 8 Update 291||20-Apr-22||New HARICA root certificates added.|