This page describes how to migrate your existing App Engine app from the Java 7 runtime to the Java 8 runtime. Note that App Engine Java runtimes are based on OpenJDK.
Specifying the Java 8 runtime for your app
To run your app in the Java 8 runtime:
<appengine-web-app xmlns="http://appengine.google.com/ns/1.0"> <runtime>java8</runtime> <threadsafe>true</threadsafe> </appengine-web-app>
Redeploy your app.
Migrating from unsupported services
Some deprecated services available to the Java 7 runtime are not supported by the Java 8 runtime. Google recommends that you migrate your application to the recommended alternatives and test your app in the Java 7 runtime with those changes prior to migrating to Java 8.
The following deprecated services are not available in the Java 8 runtime:
|Deprecated service||Recommended alternative|
|Cloud Endpoints v1||Migrate to v2, the product has been renamed to Cloud Endpoints Frameworks. Note that this might require you to change your Web, Android, or iOS applications.|
|AppStats (appengine-api-labs jar)||Migrate to Cloud Trace. The SDK generates an error for apps using the
Repackaged classes will require new import paths on Java 8. For example, if your
you will need to import
$ prefixed to the class name.
Migrating free apps that use java.net.HttpURLConnection
If your app does not have billing enabled and makes HTTP(S) requests using the
java.net.HttpURLConnection class or a
Google client library
that uses that class, it will cause runtime errors.
To avoid this, set the
urlfetch in your app's
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <appengine-web-app xmlns="http://appengine.google.com/ns/1.0"> <!-- ... --> <url-stream-handler>urlfetch</url-stream-handler> <!-- ... --> </appengine-web-app>
Alternatively, instead of specifying
urlfetch, you can enable billing for your
application and use the default
native setting. Your app should not incur
any increase in costs from running on Java 7. Note that if your app relies on
X-Appengine-Inbound-Appid HTTP header (used for Module-to-Module
urlfetch must be used.
Changing the default file encoding
App Engine has changed the default file encoding from
US-ASCII in Java 7 to
UTF-8 in Java 8. To change the default encoding back to
US-ASCII in Java 8, add the following to your
<system-properties> <property name="appengine.file.encoding" value="US-ASCII"/> </system-properties>
Errors may occur if some characters are not in the ASCII set and your
application makes certain assumptions, such as
someString.getBytes().length == someString.length(). In US-ASCII encoding
this is true because non ASCII characters get mapped to "?", but this is not
necessarily true with UTF-8 encoding.
For example, if you print the hex bytes from calling
Éamonn.getBytes(), with UTF-8 it will be:
c3 89 61 6d 6f 6e 6e (
Éamonn), whereas with US-ASCII you will get:
3f 61 6d 6f 6e 6e (
?amonn) due to the different encoding value of
Taking full advantage of Java 8 runtime features
The following is a partial list of the advantages of migrating to the Java 8 runtime:
- Jetty 9 supports both Servlet 2.5 and 3.1 web applications, including servlet annotations.
- All standard Java classes are now available, and there is no class allowlist.
/tmpfilesystem is writable - this takes up the app's RAM allocation.
- Network I/O can now be performed on any Java thread. App Engine API calls still require being on either a Request Thread or a thread created by the Thread Manager API.
- The full Java 8 language is now supported including the Stream API, Lambdas, and Date / Time API.