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Custom Java Version
By Default, your servers start using the same version of Java that the CommandBox CLI is using. For people needing to run Adobe ColdFusion 9, or who just want to do some testing on different JREs, you can point each of your servers at a custom JRE and CommandBox will use it when starting the server.
if you already have a JRE downloaded somewhere on your hard drive, you can manually point the server at it, or you can simply tell CommandBox which version of java you'd like, at it will automatically download that version of OpenJDK for your server to use (if it's not already downloaded)
Point CommandBox to an existing java install like so:
server set jvm.javaHome="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_25"
To set the default version of Java for all the servers you start on your machine, use the global config setting defaults.
config set server.defaults.jvm.javaHome="C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_25"
To let CommandBox take over and acquire Java for you, pass an installation endpoint ID to the
server start javaVersion=openjdk8
or set it in your
server set jvm.javaVersion=openjdk8
or set a default for all servers
config set server.defaults.jvm.javaVersion=openjdk8
To review what possible IDs you can use to dial in your exact Java version, read the docs on our Java endpoint. You don't need to manually install Java CommandBox will do that for you. You just need to provide a valid ID so CommandBox knows what you want.
In some cases you might not want to interact with the command line manually to setup an environment, in particular in production setups. If you prefer to setup your server via a server.json file, the same syntax for valid IDs applies to setting your JVM ID:
To make it easier for you to manage the Java installations CommandBox makes for you, we have a namespace of commands you can use. The Java versions CommandBox installs automatically for your servers to use are stored in a folder under your CommandBox home. CommandBox manages this folder for you. You can change where the system Java installation go like so:
config set server.javaInstallDirectory=C:/path/to/JREs/
Search the AdoptOpenJDk API for available versions of Java for you to use.
java search version=openjdk8
You can filter the version, jvm, os, CPU arch, type, and release. Most of those parameters default to match your local system. For instance, running this command on Windows will only return Windows versions. To open up the search, pass nothing to that filter.
java search version=openjdk8 os=
List the installed Java installations for you to start servers with. If you have set a global default Java version it will be marked in the list.
You may change the global default Java version for your servers with this command.
server java setDefault openjdk11
The ID follows the format from the Java endpoint. If the version you set as the default isn't installed yet, CommandBox will install it for you the next time a server starts or you can use the
You can pre-install a Java version so it's ready to go the next time you start a server with this command. This differs from the normal
package installcommand in that it doesn't install to the current working directory, but into the core server JRE folder that CommandBox manages for you. Use the
--setDefaultflag to also set the newly installed Java version as the global default for all servers.
server java install openjdk11 --setDefault
You can remove a java installation so it doesn't take up space on your hard drive. Use the FULL ID that shows in the
java listcommand to uninstall.
server java uninstall openjdk9_jre_x64_windows_hotspot_jdk-9.0.4+11
Note, the download will still be in your artifacts cache. Also, if you start a server up again that asks for a Java installation you've uninstalled, CommandBox will simply re-install it again.