Sonatype Nexus System Requirements

Supported Versions

Sonatype fully supports versions of Nexus Professional for two years after their release date. Older releases are supported on a best effort basis and the release dates of these versions are listed in our download archives.

Host Operating System

Any Windows, Linux, or Macintosh operating system that can run a supported Sun/Oracle Java version will work. Other operating systems may work, but they are not tested by Sonatype.  See here for the list of Oracle certified operating systems.

The most widely used operating system for Nexus is Linux and therefore customers should consider it the best tested platform.

We have customers running on AIX, HP/UX and Solaris successfully, but these systems are not internally tested. Sonatype Support will do our best to support these systems, however we reserve the right to have any runtime problems reproducible on a standard Linux distribution.

Dedicated Operating System User Account

Unless you are just testing Nexus or running it only for personal use, a Nexus instance specific operating system user account is strongly recommended to run the Nexus process.

The Nexus process user is typically named 'nexus' and must be able to create a valid shell.

Important: As a security precaution, do not run Nexus as the root user.

Adequate File Handles

The Nexus process may want to consume more file handles than the default value allowed by your operating system.

We recommend increasing the available file handles for Nexus preemptively to avoid potential errors at runtime.


Sonatype Nexus is a Java server application that requires specific versions to operate.

Nexus Version
Supported Sun/Oracle JRE version
1.9 and earlier 5 or 6
2.0-2.5 6 or 7
2.6.x 7u45+ only
8+ will not work
2.7.x-2.9.x 7u45+
8+ may work but is not thoroughly tested
2.10.x-2.11.1 7u45+, 8u25+ 
2.11.2+ 8u31+ strongly recommended
7u79+ no further public updates as of April 2015

We strongly suggest using the latest compatible release version of Java available from Oracle.

OpenJDK has been known to work in most cases, but we do not actively test it. GCJ will not work and is not supported.

IBM JDK can be used on systems that do not have a Sun/Oracle JRE available, but our support of this is done on a best effort basis. There are known issues with IBM Server Name Indication (SNI) support which can cause some proxy repositories to SSL based remotes not work correctly.

Java Cryptography Extension (JCE)

Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) is required by some Nexus features. This includes Secure Central and Smart Proxy. A symptom that Nexus is expecting it is seeing a message in your Nexus log with the message Illegal key size

It is the user's responsibility to verify that installing JCE is permissible under local regulations. Installing it allows stronger encryption algorithms to be used.

Obtain JCE from your JVM vendor:

Oracle Java Cryptography Extension (JCE) Download (typically at bottom of that page)


Nexus performance is primarily bounded by IO (disk and network) rather than CPU.  So any reasonably modern 2-4 core CPU will generally be sufficient for normal uses of Nexus. 


The default JRE max heap size of Nexus Professional is 768Mb, and the codebase of nexus will consume approximately another 1Gb.  So factoring in operating system overhead you will need 4Gb of RAM, assuming no other large applications are running on the machine.

For very large Nexus instances you will need to bump up the maximum heap space. If you do this you should increase RAM on the system accordingly.


Sonatype Nexus installed consumes less than 100MB. The bulk of disk space will be held by your deployed and proxied artifacts, as well as any search indexes. This is highly installation specific.

For a detailed discussion of disk space, see this article.

You should note that downloading some search indexes, like Maven Central, can consume several GB of disk.

There are strategies to manage the disk space consumed by Nexus.

We have some optimization suggestions to use at your discretion. We recommend to avoid using NFS for Nexus search index and storage locations, especially in large installations, as this will impact performance. Also consider the noatime option for your Nexus work directory mounts and limit the symbolic links used as this will cause increased overhead whenever Nexus needs to resolve an absolute file path.

Web Browser

Our general policy is to support the most recent modern browser version for your supported OS at time of Nexus release date. This table is updated for the most recent Nexus release.

Google Chrome latest at Nexus release
Firefox latest and ESR at Nexus release
Safari on OSX only, latest at Nexus release
Opera untested and not supported
Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11  Check this article for known issues.
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