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Oracle Java SE Licensing

On April 16, 2019, Oracle changed the license terms for Java SE. Updates to Oracle Java SE released after this date require the purchase of a commercial license. Oracle Java SE 8 update 202 (8u202) was the last free public update for Java SE Version 8. Oracle does not provide a free or reduced-cost license for any educational or research activities.

Oracle made an additional licensing change in January 2023 to make licensing per employee rather than per user. This would require anyone seeking to purchase a license to use Oracle Java to purchase a subscription for every Rice employee. Therefore, individual licenses will not be available for purchase through Rice University.

To ensure Rice-owned computers are in compliance with Oracle software license requirements, OIT has taken action to remove versions of Oracle Java that are newer than version 8u202 from managed computers.

OIT will run reports periodically to determine if Oracle Java is installed within the Rice environment. For any system found with Oracle Java installed, system owners will be asked to provide verification that they have a valid license for using Oracle Java.

For any systems without a valid license, OIT will require and assist the system owner with the removal of Oracle Java and replacing it with an open-source Java distribution.

For individuals who need Java, OpenJDK (, Amazon Corretto ( and Adoptium ( are some open-source options can be installed on Rice-owned machines. OpenJDK is available from the Software Center for OIT-managed machines Windows machines and Jamf Pro for MacOS.

For assistance, contact the OIT Help Desk by email (, web form ( or by phone (713-348-HELP).

For more information, reference Oracle's Java licensing documentation.

KeywordsOracle, Java, JDK, openjdk, licensing, license, corretto   Doc ID119166
OwnerTroy H.GroupRice U
Created2022-06-21 21:12:49Updated2023-12-05 09:37:54
SitesRice University
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