Migrate from GlassFish to Payara Server Enterprise

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Migrating from GlassFish to Payara Server can be a simple and straightforward process, made even simpler with the help of our 'GlassFish to Payara Server Migration Guide'.

When commercial support for GlassFish ended in 2014, Payara Server was created as a fully-supported drop-in replacement. Payara Services was born in 2016 to offer support solutions for the application server. By 2017, Payara Services had joined The Eclipse Foundation and the Payara Platform expanded to include Payara Micro and comprehensive commercial support options for development projects, in-production support, and consultancy solutions.

Download the Migration Guide to take a look at the things you will need to consider in your GlassFish to Payara Server migration project; as well as details of Payara Server's tools and features which will make your life (and your application server management) much easier!

The Migration Guide features the following sections:

  • Why choose Payara Server?
  • Migrating from GlassFish 3.x
  • Migrating from GlassFish 4.x
  • Working with 3rd-party libraries
  • How to deal with Oracle Commercial Features
  • Post-migration considerations

How is Payara Server Enterprise better than GlassFish? 

Optimized for mission critical production systems in any environment, Payara Server (see the data sheet) is compatible with the services you're already using, container-friendly, and fully supported with a 10-year software lifecycle. Used as a drop in replacement for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition, Payara Server gives you a peace of mind of monthly releases containing bug fixes and patches to ensure the security and stability of your production environment.

Feature GlassFish 5.x Payara Server Enterprise
License Open Source Open Source
Release frequency Irregular Monthly
Releases in 2019 1 22: 4 community stream, 12 stability stream, 6 feature stream
Patch releases For versions < 4.0. only
  • Monthly for Payara Enterprise customers
  • Quarterly for community
Security fixes Infrequent
  • Instant emergency and backported fixes for Payara Enterprise customers
  • As soon as possible for community

Production support
Migration & Project Support
Component Upgrades (e.g. Tyrus, Mojarra) Irregular Quarterly
Supported IDEs
  • Eclipse
  • Netbeans
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Eclipse
  • Netbeans
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Visual Studio
Caching tools   JCache, Domain Data Grid, Payara Scales (additional cost)
Automatic Clustering via Hazelcast
Asadmin command recorder
Slow SQL logging
Healthcheck service
Request tracing
Monitoring logging
Microservices distribution Payara Micro
MicroProfile support   Compatible with MicroProfile
Docker support Community provided Official images
IBM JDK release Payara Blue
HTTP & HTTPS port auto-binding (Payara Micro only)
Generate Uber JAR (Payara Micro only)
Production-tuned domain template
Upgrade tool ✗ (Coming soon)
Jakarta EE Compatible



GlassFish to Payara Server Migration See the Guide