It's been quite a ride

Habemus nomen: Enterprise Java is now Jakarta EE

Gabriela Motroc
Jakarta EE

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So long Java EE, welcome Jakarta EE! It’s been five months since Eclipse Enterprise for Java was announced and now we finally have a name for the technology formerly known as Java EE.

The brand name saga —which started in late 2017— has come to an end.

The community was invited to nominate via a GitHub Issue record and there were a lot of great suggestions but “in the end the selection process effectively boiled down to identifying those names from the suggestions that The Eclipse Foundation can register and hold as a trademark on behalf of the community,” Wayne Beaton wrote in a second GitHub issue.

The new brand name is Jakarta EE (used with the permission of the Apache Software Foundation). Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation announced the news in a recent blog post.

Almost 7,000 people voted in the poll and more than 64 percent voted in favor of Jakarta EE. Why is this name better than Enterprise Profile? David Blevins has the perfect explanation — read his blog post here.


So Java EE is now Jakarta EE, Glassfish is Eclipse Glassfish and Java Community Process (JCP) is now Eclipse Working Group ( — even though the Java Community Process is not going anywhere, it will not be the place where Jakarta EE specifications will be developed.

If you want to read more about Working Group, check out this article.

How about EE4J?

“Permission for products to formally use the Jakarta EE trademark will be dependent upon passing a as-yet-to-be-defined compatibility program run by However, as of today, it is preferred that when you are generically referring to this open source software platform that you call it Jakarta EE rather than EE4J,” Mike wrote in the blog post announcing the new name.

Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc was editor of and JAX Magazine. Before working at Software & Support Media Group, she studied International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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