Configurable JDK Versions for JVM Options

Since Payara Server 5.182

It is possible to allow specific JVM options configured for a Payara Server instance to be applied only on specific JDK versions. The configuration is flexible since it allows the user to define minimum and maximum versions of all JDKs upon which each JVM option should be applied.

If no minimum and/or maximum JDK versions are set for a particular JVM option, it shall be applied no matter which JDK is being used to run the server’s instance (which is the default behaviour).

Versioning Syntax

JDK versions must follow standard the standard JDK versioning scheme (1.$MAJOR.$MINOR.$UPDATE). The syntax that can be used is a bit flexible, allowing the following variants to be correctly interpreted:


  • 1.8.0u162

  • 1.8.0

  • 1.8

Configuring JDK Versions

JDK Versions for JVM Options can be configured in three different ways: Using the admin console or running asadmin commands from a console terminal.

Using the Admin Console

To configure the JDK versions for JVM options in the admin console, head to the Configurations → <instance configuration> → JVM Settings and on the JVM Options tab specify the versions in the table:

Configure JDK versions for JVM options in Admin console

You can omit either the minimum or maximum versions by leaving the fields blank.

Using Asadmin commands

The create-jvm-options asadmin command has been modified to set the miminum and maximum JDK versions in the following ways:

  1. Use the --min-jvm and --max-jvm arguments to set the versions when running the command:

    asadmin create-jvm-options --target=server-config --min-jvm=1.8.0u162 -Djava.awt.headless\=true
    asadmin create-jvm-options --target=server-config --max-jvm=1.8.0u172 -XX\:+UnlockDiagnosticVMOptions
    When using these arguments to set multiple JVM options, the specified versions will be applied for each option.
  2. Specify the versions using the [MIN_VERSION | MAX_VERSION] text syntax for the inclusive version range before each JVM option:

    asadmin create-jvm-options --target=server-config [1.8.0u162|]-Djava.awt.headless\=true
    asadmin create-jvm-options --target=server-config [|1.8.0u172]-XX\:+UnlockDiagnosticVMOptions
    asadmin create-jvm-options --target=server-config [1.8.0u168|1.8.0u172]-XX\:NewRatio\=2

    You can specify the range for each JVM option when specifying multiple options too:

    asadmin create-jvm-options --target=server-config -Djava.awt.headless\=true:[|1.8.0u172]-XX\:+UnlockDiagnosticVMOptions:[1.8.0u168|1.8.0u172]-XX\:NewRatio\=2