In this article we will see how we can leverage Java Flight Recorder feature as part of Java 11. Earlier it was one of the commercial feature. But with Java 11 with JEP 328 this is open sourced to OpenJDK from OracleJDK. The Java Flight Recorder records the OS and JVM events to a file which can be inspected using Java Mission Control (JMC). Enabling JFR puts minimal overhead on the JVM performance. Hence this can be enabled for production deployments too. Now we will see some of the JVM arguments to enable JFR.
- Time Based
- Continuous with dump on demand
- Continuous with dump on exit
As the JFR is built in available with Java 11, this excites the developer community. We can reduce the dependency on 3rd party profilers as well.
As part of Java 11 we are getting jdk.jfr module. This API allows programmers to produce custom JFR events and consume the JFR events stored in a file to troubleshoot the issue.
You can download the Java11 early access from http://jdk.java.net/11/ to explore the features.