What's the latest version of Java?
The latest version of Java is: 8 update 181
Get the latest plugin version numbers via API
Our Browser Versions API provides the latest version numbers for Java and the other major browser plugins. You can easily incorporate this data into your own system.
UPDATE: January 2016: Oracle (the company which develops the Java plugin) has announced that they will stop developing Java this year. Oracle have announced that Java 9 will be the last version of Java; Oracle's Java Schedule states that Java 9 will be available on September 22, 2016.
Java has long been a major security problem for computers, and hopefully the ending of this era will help improve the overall security landscape.
We will continue with updates on this page as they become available.