Installation on Windows Platforms

Follow these steps to install GraalVM Community Edition on x86 64-bit Windows.

  1. Navigate to the GraalVM Releases repository on GitHub. Depending on the workload, select GraalVM Community Edition based on JDK8 for Windows or GraalVM Community Edition based on JDK11 for Windows and download.
  2. Unzip the archive to your file system.
  3. Configure JAVA_HOME and PATH environment variables. Setting environment variables via the command line will work the same way for Windows 7, 8 and 10.
    • Point the PATH environment variable to the GraalVM’s bin directory:
        setx /M PATH "C:\Progra~1\Java\<graalvm>\bin;%PATH%"
      
    • Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to resolve to the GraalVM installation directory:
        setx /M JAVA_HOME "C:\Progra~1\Java\<graalvm>"
      

      Note that the /M flag, equivalent to -m, requires elevated user privileges.

  4. Restart Command Prompt to reload the environment variables. Then use the following command to check whether the variables were set correctly:
    echo %PATH%
    echo %JAVA_HOME%
    

    Optionally, you can specify GraalVM as the JRE or JDK installation in your Java IDE.

For Oracle GraalVM Enterprise Edition users, find the installation instructions here.

Install Additional Functionalities #

The GraalVM Community distribution for Windows platforms includes the JDK with the GraalVM compiler enabled, the GraalVM Updater tool to install additional functionalities, the Node.js JavaScript runtime and the developer tools (e.g., Chrome inspector based debugger, Profiler, etc.). Currently, the GraalVM environment on Windows can be extended with Native Image.

Prerequisites for Using Native Image on Windows #

To make use of Native Image on Windows, observe the following recommendations. The required Microsoft Visual C++ (MSVC) version depends on the JDK version that GraalVM is based on. For GraalVM based on JDK 8, you will need MSVC 2010 SP1 version. The recommended installation method is using Microsoft Windows SDK 7.1:

  1. Download the SDK file GRMSDKX_EN_DVD.iso for from Microsoft.
  2. Mount the image by opening F:\Setup\SDKSetup.exe directly.

For GraalVM distribution based on JDK 11, you will need MSVC 2017 15.5.5 or later version.

The last prerequisite, common for both distributions, is the proper Developer Command Prompt for your version of Visual Studio. On Windows the native-image tool only works when it is executed from the x64 Native Tools Command Prompt.