Updating Existing Java Apps to Use Java 7

Last Updated: 20 March 2014

java jdk openjdk 7

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By default, Java apps run on OpenJDK 6. However, it’s possible to run on newer versions of the JVM. Follow the instructions below to use OpenJDK 7.

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Add system.properties to your app

Create a file in the base directory of your app called system.properties.

Add the property, java.runtime.version=1.7.

Note: Currently, supported versions are 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8. The default is 1.6.

Commit system.properties

$ git add system.properties

$ git commit -m "Adding Java 7 support"

Update your PATH

$ APP_PATH=`heroku config:get PATH`
$ heroku config:set PATH=/app/.jdk/bin:$APP_PATH
Setting config vars and restarting quiet-escarpment-6377... done, v9
PATH: /app/.jdk/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin

Push your app

$ git push heroku master

You should see Installing OpenJDK 1.7 in your build output, e.g.

-----> Heroku receiving push
-----> Java app detected
-----> Installing OpenJDK 1.7...done