The latest version of GraalVM 22.2.0 is out!

Aug 19, 2022
Dmitry Chuyko

A new version of GraalVM 22.2.0 released on July 26 has many new features and enhancements in stock! You can find the complete list of updates in the release notes, and we will review the most important ones, boosting the technology efficiency and making native image generation even more convenient.

Key improvements

  • The size of the base binary was reduced by 42%. For instance, GraalVM CE shrank to 251 MB from 431 MB. This was achieved by separating the JavaScript, LLVM, and VisualVM from the main package: developers can add them if necessary
  • Apple Silicon support was added to GraalVM Enterprise as an experimental feature and enhanced in GraalVM Community
  • The compatibility of GraalVM Native Image and 3d party libraries was improved. Now, developers can use the GraalVM Reachability Metadata Repository to provide metadata for libraries unreachable to the Native Image during the build process
  • The memory footprint was reduced. Many applications now need only 2 GB of Java heap to build a native executable
  • GraalVM CE now supports heap dump at run time. In addition, developers can dump heaps of native executables with a new option -XX:+DumpHeapAndExit
  • The GraalVM CE JIT-Compiler now uses less memory by releasing the unused memory in a stable state

Liberica NIK with GraalVM open source at the core

Liberica Native Image Kit (NIK) builds based on the latest GraalVM version are already out! Liberica NIK brings you all the benefits of GraalVM plus

In addition, Liberica NIK is the default native-image compiler in Spring Native, a framework that supports the compilation of Spring applications into native executables. Try out Liberica NIK now and see how you can enhance your applications with native image technology!

Further reading

If you are only getting acquainted with native images, you can refer to our series of articles that explain how to use Liberica NIK with the most popular Java frameworks: