Amazon Relational Database Service
User Guide (API Version 2014-10-31)

Oracle Java Virtual Machine

Amazon RDS supports Oracle Java Virtual Machine (JVM) through the use of the JVM option. Oracle Java provides a SQL schema and functions that facilitate Oracle Java features in an Oracle database. For more information, see Introduction to Java in Oracle Database in the Oracle documentation.

You can use Oracle JVM with the following Oracle Database versions:

  • Oracle 12c,, all versions

  • Oracle 12c, or later

  • Oracle 11g, or later

Prerequisites for Oracle JVM

The following are prerequisites for using Oracle Java:

  • Your DB instance must be inside a virtual private cloud (VPC). For more information, see Determining Whether You Are Using the EC2-VPC or EC2-Classic Platform.

  • Your DB instance must be of a large enough class. Oracle Java isn't supported for the db.m1.small, db.t2.micro, or db.t2.small DB instance classes. For more information, see DB Instance Class.

  • Your DB instance must have the Auto minor version upgrade option enabled. This option enables your DB instance to receive minor DB engine version upgrades automatically when they become available. Amazon RDS uses this option to update your DB instance to the latest Oracle Patch Set Update (PSU). In particular, it does so in cases where there are security vulnerabilities with a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 9.0 or greater or other announced security vulnerabilities. For more information, see Settings for Oracle DB Instances.

  • If your DB instance is running on major version 11.2, you must install the XMLDB option. For more information, see Oracle XML DB.

Best Practices for Oracle JVM

The following are best practices for using Oracle Java:

Adding the Oracle JVM Option

The following is the general process for adding the JVM option to a DB instance:

  1. Create a new option group, or copy or modify an existing option group.

  2. Add the option to the option group.

  3. Associate the option group with the DB instance.

There is a brief outage while the JVM option is added. After you add the option, you don't need to restart your DB instance. As soon as the option group is active, Oracle Java is available.

To add the JVM option to a DB instance

  1. Determine the option group that you want to use. You can create a new option group or use an existing option group. If you want to use an existing option group, skip to the next step. Otherwise, create a custom DB option group with the following settings:

    • For Engine, choose the DB engine used by the DB instance (oracle-ee, oracle-se, oracle-se1, or oracle-se2).

    • For Major engine version, choose 11.2 or 12.1 for your DB instance.

    For more information, see Creating an Option Group.

  2. Add the JVM option to the option group. For more information about adding options, see Adding an Option to an Option Group.

  3. Apply the option group to a new or existing DB instance:

  4. Grant the required permissions to users.

    The Amazon RDS master user has the permissions to use the JVM option by default. If other users require these permissions, connect to the DB instance as the master user in a SQL client and grant the permissions to the users.

    The following example grants the permissions to use the JVM option to the test_proc user.

    create user test_proc identified by password; CALL dbms_java.grant_permission('TEST_PROC', '', 'LoadClassInPackage.*', '');

    After the user is granted the permissions, the following query should return output.

    select * from dba_java_policy where grantee='TEST_PROC';


    The Oracle user name is case-sensitive, and it usually has all uppercase characters.

Removing the Oracle JVM Option

You can remove the JVM option from a DB instance. There is a brief outage while the option is removed. After you remove the JVM option, you don't need to restart your DB instance.


Removing the JVM option can result in data loss if the DB instance is using data types that were enabled as part of the option. Back up your data before proceeding. For more information, see Backing Up and Restoring Amazon RDS DB Instances.

To remove the JVM option from a DB instance, do one of the following:

  • Remove the JVM option from the option group it belongs to. This change affects all DB instances that use the option group. For more information, see Removing an Option from an Option Group.

  • Modify the DB instance and specify a different option group that doesn't include the JVM option. This change affects a single DB instance. You can specify the default (empty) option group, or a different custom option group. For more information, see Modifying a DB Instance Running the Oracle Database Engine.