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Marlin is an open source (GPL2 + CP) Java2D RenderingEngine optimized for performance (improved memory usage (~ no GC) and footprint, better multi-threading) and better visual quality based on openjdk's pisces implementation. It handles shape rendering (Graphics2D draw(Shape) / fill(Shape) with stroke & dash attributes only but it does it very well !

Release history

Latest release:

JDK Default renderer Available Marlin release
Oracle JDK 6 - 8 Ductus Marlin-renderer
Open JDK 6 - 8 Pisces Marlin-renderer
Azul Zulu 8.20+ Marlin 0.7.4 / Marlin integrated in 2018.12, Marlin-renderer
Jetbrains JDK 8 Marlin 0.7.4 / 0.9.3 Marlin 0.9.3 integrated in 2018.09, Marlin-renderer
Open JDK 9 Marlin 0.7.4 Marlin-renderer for JDK9+
Open JDK 10 Marlin 0.8.2 Marlin-renderer for JDK9+
Open JDK 11 Marlin 0.9.1 Marlin-renderer for JDK9+
Open JDK 11.0.2 Marlin Marlin-renderer for JDK9+
Open JDK 12 Marlin Marlin-renderer for JDK9+
Open JDK 13 Marlin Marlin-renderer for JDK9+
Open JDK 14 (EA) Marlin Marlin-renderer for JDK9+

For JavaFX, see the Marlin-FX project


  • aug 2019: Marlin integrated in OpenJDK 14
  • jul 2019: MarlinFX integrated in OpenJFX 14, backported in OpenJFX 13
  • oct 2018: MarlinFX 0.9.3 integrated in OpenJFX 12
  • oct 2018: Marlin backported to OpenJDK 11 updates (11.0.2)
  • sep 2018: Marlin integrated in OpenJDK 12
  • jun 2018: MarlinFX 0.9.2 integrated in OpenJFX 11
  • apr 2018: Marlin 0.9.1 integrated in OpenJDK 11
  • dec 2017: Marlin & MarlinFX 0.8.2 integrated in OpenJDK & OpenJFX 10
  • nov 2017: Marlin rocks on Geoserver benchmarks: see geoserver (including Marlin 0.8.2) vs geoserver-jai results: it boosts geoserver to achieve MapServer performance !!
  • My personal point of view after javaone: it is your turn to contribute to OpenJDK & OpenJFX: see openjdk thread
  • 4 oct 2017: JavaOne talk slides: Marlin, a JDK9 Success Story: Vector Graphics on Steroids for Java 2D and JavaFX
  • may 2017: Marlin & MarlinFX 0.7.5 integrated in OpenJFX10 (enabled by default)
  • feb 2017: Blog post comparing Oracle ductus vs OpenJDK Marlin renderers (latency) Performance Rendered Visual
  • nov 2016: MarlinFX 0.7.5 integrated in OpenJFX9
  • jul 2016: Marlin integrated in Jetbrains OpenJDK8 build and running in IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3
  • feb 2016: FOSDEM talk slides Marlin renderer, a successful fork and join the OpenJDK 9 project
  • dec 2015: Marlin 0.7.4 integrated in OpenJDK9

Build status

Continuous Integration by Travis CI (build + unit & integration tests):

  • Branch unsafe-dev (jdk6-8):

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* Branch use_Unsafe (jdk6-8):

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* Branch jdk (jdk9+):

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As marlin is a fork from OpenJDK 8 pisces, its license is the OpenJDK's license = GPL2 + ClassPath exception:

GNU General Public License, version 2, with the Classpath Exception

The GNU General Public License (GPL)

Version 2, June 1991



See the Benchmarks


Documentation on how to use and tune the Marlin renderer is available in the wiki

Help is needed to improve the wiki & documentation !

Getting in touch

Users and developers interested in the Marlin-renderer are kindly invited to join the marlin-renderer Google Group.


Contributions are welcomed, get in touch with us on the marlin-renderer Google Group and share your improvements via pull requests. Since we contribute this renderer into OpenJDK, we accept contributions from people that have signed the Oracle Contribution Agreeement (very easy to do)

Support our work

To support my efforts on improving either Java2D or JavaFX rendering thanks to the Marlin & MarlinFX projects, please contribute to the gofundme campaign 'Marlin renderer 0.9 dev & FX port': or for long-term support, you can become my patron:

Please help if you appreciate the Marlin project:

  • share your benchmark & test results (quality ?)
  • improve test cases, quality & unit tests, submit bug reports
  • documentation should be improved & updated

Related projects

  • Mapbench provides testing & benchmarking tools based on real world map painted by the GeoServer
  • Marlin-FX provides the Marlin renderer port into JavaFX Prism (shape rasterizer)


The Marlin renderer project benefits from the following tools:


Marlin is the FAST Java2D antialiasing rasterizer derived from OpenJDK Pisces (shape)





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