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Developer(s) IBM
Stable release 1.22 / October 3, 2004
Operating system Cross-platform
Development status Unmaintained
Type Java compiler
License IBM Public License
Website http://jikes.sourceforge.net

Jikes is an open source Java compiler written in C++. It is no longer being updated.

The original version was developed by David L. "Dave" Shields and Philippe Charles at IBM but was quickly transformed into an open source project contributed to by an active community of developers. Initially hosted by IBM, the project has subsequently been transferred to SourceForge. Among its accomplishments, it was much faster in compiling small projects than Sun's own compiler, and provided more helpful warnings and errors.

While the free software community needed free Java implementations, the GNU Compiler for Java became the most commonly used compiler.


Project Status

As of early 2007 the project is no longer being actively developed[1]. The last 1.22 version was released in October 2004 and partially supports Java 5.0 (with respect to new classes, but not new language features) [2][3]. As no further versions were released since, Java SE 6 is not supported.


  1. No project CVS writes for the last 12 months [1]
  2. http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=446830
  3. http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=128803

See also

External links

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