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    8 Update 131
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    Apr. 19, 2017
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Editors' Review


The Java Development Kit is a collection of tools that developers use to deploy applications written in Java. It's not for writing apps but rather for compiling, debugging, and deploying Java apps in a variety of applications and platforms, such as Windows and Android. We looked at JDK Version 8 for 32-bit Windows. The latest update includes various bug and security fixes.


Toolset: Java Developer Kit offers a vast selection of "goodies" including javac (compiler), jar (archiver), and jdb (debugger).

Up to date: The JDK packs a lot for a free toolkit, but it's also updated regularly, experimental tools are sometimes available, and it works with other SDKs and tools.

Private runtime: The JDK includes a full private Java Runtime Environment consisting of a Java Virtual Machine and full set of libraries.


What could go wrong? The JDK helps you debug Java, but some users have encountered issues using it in certain platforms, such as Android. The good news is that copious troubleshooting resources are a search away.

Don't say SDK: JDK is the preferred name for the Java SE Development Kit, since the Java EE SDK comes with or without the JDK. It's a bit confusing, but at least you have options.

Bottom Line

It should be pretty obvious that the Java Development Kit isn't something the average Windows user needs (or wants, really). But the JDK is a powerful toolkit for Java programmers, and it's free.

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What's new in version 8 Update 131
  • This JDK release introduces a new restriction on how MD5 signed JAR files are verified. If the signed JAR file uses MD5, signature verification operations will ignore the signature and treat the JAR as if it were unsigned.
  • A new JDK implementation specific system property to control caching for HTTP SPNEGO (Negotiate/Kerberos) connections is introduced. Caching for HTTP SPNEGO connections remains enabled by default, so if the property is not explicitly specified, there will be no behavior change.
  • A new JDK implementation specific system property to control caching for HTTP NTLM connection is introduced. Caching for HTTP NTLM connection remains enabled by default, so if the property is not explicitly specified, there will be no behavior change.
  • VisualVM 1.3.9 was released on October 4th, 2016 and has been integrated into 8u131.
  • On the OS X platform, the AWT framework used native services to implement parent-child relationship for windows. That caused some negative visual effects especially in multi-monitor environments. To get rid of the disadvantages of such an approach, the new window ordering model, which is fully implemented at the JDK layer, was introduced.
  • A recent issue from the JDK-8173783 fix can cause issue for some TLS servers. The problem originates from an IllegalArgumentException thrown by the TLS handshaker code.
  • This release also contains fixes for security vulnerabilities described in the Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Update Advisory.
Publisher Sun Microsystems
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Release Date April 18, 2017
Date Added April 19, 2017
Version 8 Update 131
Category Developer Tools
Subcategory Debugging Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 191.22MB
File Name jdk-8u131-windows-i586.exe
Total Downloads 2,188,105
Downloads Last Week 10,529
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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