JVM Configuration

Liferay DXP/Portal requires a Java JDK 8 or 11 and requires specific JVM option settings. There are also recommended settings specific to JDK 11 and recommended baseline memory settings. Here you’ll learn about all of these settings and see them demonstrated in an example Tomcat script.


See the Liferay DXP compatibility matrix to choose a JDK.

Known Issue: Illegal Access Warnings

On JDK 11, Illegal Access warnings like these may print to your logs:

WARNING: An illegal reflective access operation has occurred
WARNING: Illegal reflective access by com.liferay.petra.reflect.ReflectionUtil (file:/Users/malei/dev/project/bundles/master-bundles/tomcat-9.0.10/lib/ext/com.liferay.petra.reflect.jar) to field java.lang.reflect.Field.modifiers
WARNING: Please consider reporting this to the maintainers of com.liferay.petra.reflect.ReflectionUtil
WARNING: Use --illegal-access=warn to enable warnings of further illegal reflective access operations
WARNING: All illegal access operations will be denied in a future release

These warnings are caused by a known issue (LPS-87421) and can be resolved by adding these JVM options:


Example Tomcat Script

Here is a Tomcat script that demonstrates some of the JVM options mentioned above:

CATALINA_OPTS="$CATALINA_OPTS -Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Djava.locale.providers=JRE,COMPAT,CLDR -Duser.timezone=GMT -Xms2560m -Xmx2560m -XX:MaxNewSize=1536m -XX:MaxMetaspaceSize=768m -XX:MetaspaceSize=768m -XX:NewSize=1536m -XX:SurvivorRatio=7"
CATALINA_OPTS="$CATALINA_OPTS --add-opens=java.base/"
CATALINA_OPTS="$CATALINA_OPTS --add-opens=java.base/java.lang.reflect=ALL-UNNAMED"

Note that Liferay supports many application servers, and all of them can be configured with the JVM options of your choosing.