Require Java Version

This rule enforces certain Java JDK versions. The rule uses the Enforcer version range syntax to define allowed versions.

The following parameters are supported by this rule:

  • message - an optional message to the user if the rule fails.
  • version - range of allowed JDKs.
  • display - flag to display the normalized JDK version.

    For JDK 1.8 you can also use simple 8 as version - it will be internally changed to 1.8

The JDK version is retrieved and the following processing occurs before being checked:

  1. Drop all non-numeric characters preceding the first number. (build 1.5.0_07-b03 becomes 1.5.0_07-b03)
  2. Replace all '_' and '-' with '.' (1.5.0_07-b03 becomes
  3. Remove all non digit characters "[^0-9] and convert each section using Integer.parseInt() (1.5.0_07-b03 becomes
  4. Split the string on '.' and take the first 3 sections, separated by '.' and add '-' followed by the fourth section ( becomes 1.5.0-7)

This preprocessing normalizes various JDK version strings into a standard x.y.z-b version number. Your required range should therefore use the x.y.z-b format for comparison. There is an easy way to see how your current JDK string will be normalized, you can enable display option.

Sample Plugin Configuration:


If you would like to enforce a certain vendor string for the JDK, you would use the RequireJavaVendor rule