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Announcement: Dropping support for Java 7 in TinyMCE 5.3

Ben Long

May 25th, 2020

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Ben Long


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From TinyMCE 5.3, Java 8 will be the minimum supported version for our backend Java-based services.

Continued reliance on Java 7 is discouraged by the major providers –  OpenJDK, IBM, Oracle. Staying up to date with the latest technologies allows us to take advantage of the latest features but also reduce any unnecessary security risks from a failure to do so.

Who will be affected by this change?

Customers who are self-hosting our server-side components for one or more of the following plugins:

  • SpellChecker Pro
  • Image Tools
  • Enhanced Media Embed
  • Link Checker

What do I need to know?

From the TinyMCE 5.3 release, the following .war files provided in the self-hosted bundles will not be compatible with Java 7:

  • SpellChecker Pro (ephox-spelling.war has been updated to version 2.3.0)
  • Image Tools (ephox-image-proxy.war has been updated to version 2.3.0)
  • Enhanced Media Embed (ephox-hyperlinking.war has been updated to version 2.3.0)
  • Link Checker (ephox-hyperlinking.war has been updated to version 2.3.0)

What do I need to do?

TinyMCE 5.2 and earlier versions require no changes.

When you’re ready to upgrade to TinyMCE 5.3, here are some things you need to know:

  • If you are already running Java 8+, then you don't need to do anything. 
  • If you are running an earlier version, upgrade your application server so that it is running Java 8 or later.

Refer to the documentation for information on deploying the server-side components.

For more information about this change and the affected components, see the relevant sections in in the TinyMCE 5.3 release notes:

byBen Long

Computer scientist, storyteller, teacher, and an advocate of TinyMCE. Reminisces about programming on the MicroBee. Writes picture books for kids. Also the wearer of rad shoes. “Science isn’t finished until you share the story.”

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