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Developer(s) Sun Microsystems
Stable release 1.6.0_14 / 2009-5-28; 149012609 ago
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Compiler
License GNU General Public License

javac (pronounced "java-see") is the primary Java compiler, included in the Java Development Kit (JDK) from Sun Microsystems.

The compiler accepts source code conforming to the Java language specification (JLS) and produces bytecode conforming to the Java Virtual Machine Specification (JVMS).

javac is itself written in Java. The compiler can also be invoked programmatically.[1]



On 13 November 2006, Sun's Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and Java Development Kit (JDK) were made available [2] under the GPL license (see Sun's OpenJDK Hotspot page).

Since version 0.95, GNU Classpath, a free implementation of the standard class library for Java, supports compiling and running javac using the Classpath runtime (GIJ) and compiler (GCJ), and also allows one to compile the GNU Classpath class library, tools and examples with javac itself [3].

See also


  1. "[...]an application can access javac programmatically." Shawn Silverman (2002-08-30). JavaWorld - Java tip 131 "Java Tip 131: Make a statement with javac!". JavaWorld - Java tip 131. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  2. Sun opens Java (feature story)
  3. "This release supports compiling and running the GPL OpenJDK javac compiler[...]" "GNU Classpath 0.95 Announcement". 

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