201706 Breaking news: workaround crash with Stack Guard-hardened kernels

As of late June 2017, Linux kernel vendors are shipping updates that harden the kernel against certain so-called stack-smash attacks. The hardened kernels change the mapping of memory just below the stack, and cause Java to crash with a SIGBUS error (as reported elsewhere, not only in PL/Java). If you experience this, add -Xss2M (or larger than 2M, if a larger stack size is needed by your application) to pljava.vmoptions.

For more information, see PL/Java issue #129 and (for Red Hat subscribers) this Red Hat solutions document.

Welcome to PL/Java

If you have comments or ideas regarding this wiki, please convey them on the Mailing List. A great deal of information can also be found at the project information site.


PL/Java is a free add-on module that brings Java™ Stored Procedures, Triggers, and Functions to the PostgreSQL™ backend. The development started late 2003 and the first release of PL/Java arrived in January 2005. The project is released under the [[PLJava License]] license.


  • Ability to write functions, triggers, user-defined types, … using recent Java versions. (To see the currently-targeted versions, please see the versions page.)

  • Standardized utilities (modeled after the SQL 2003 proposal) to install and maintain Java code in the database.

  • Standardized mappings of parameters and result. Supports scalar and composite user-defined types (UDTs), pseudo types, arrays, and sets.

  • An embedded, high performance JDBC driver utilizing the internal PostgreSQL SPI routines.

  • Metadata support for the JDBC driver. Both DatabaseMetaData and ResultSetMetaData are included.

  • Integration with PostgreSQL savepoints and exception handling.

  • Ability to use IN, INOUT, and OUT parameters

  • Two language handlers, javau (functions not restricted in behavior, only superusers can create them) and java (functions run under a security manager blocking filesystem access, users who can create them configurable with GRANT/REVOKE)

  • Transaction and Savepoint listeners enabling code execution when a transaction or savepoint is commited or rolled back.

PL/Java earlier supported GCJ, but targets conventional Java virtual machines for current development.


The first stop for up-to-date documentation should be the project information site.

You may also find useful information via the wiki links below. Information here will be migrating to the project information site as it is brought up to date.

[[Installation Guide]]
[[User Guide]]
[[Contribution Guide]]


Note: To be sure of running a current PL/Java, please check the releases page to see what is current. You may check for any [[prebuilt packages]] available for your platform. If prebuilt packages are not available for your platform, or if they are behind the current version, please consider Building PL/Java using the source here on GitHub.

The “no longer supported” downloads linked below are quite old and of chiefly historical interest.

Source downloads
[[Prebuilt packages]]
No longer supported downloads
Mailing List
Questions tagged pljava on Stack Overflow (Atom feed)
Feed for changes to this wiki itself
Bug Tracking
Older bug tracker at PgFoundry
Even older bug tracker at GBorg


[[Technology in Brief]]
[[The choice of JNI]]