Spring: Class File Has Wrong Version 61.0, Should Be 55.0

This error typically occurs when you are trying to run a Java application compiled with a higher version of Java than the one you have installed. In this case, it seems that you are trying to run a Spring application compiled with Java version 11 (version 61.0), but you have Java version 9 (version 55.0) installed.

To fix this issue, you have a couple of options:

  1. Upgrade your Java version: The easiest solution is to upgrade your Java version to a higher version that is compatible with your application. In this case, you can upgrade from Java 9 to Java 11 or higher.

  2. Downgrade your application’s Java version: If upgrading Java is not an option, you can try to recompile your Spring application with a lower Java version. This means modifying your project configuration (e.g., pom.xml for Maven or build.gradle for Gradle) to specify a lower Java version target.

For Maven, add the following configuration to your pom.xml file:


For Gradle, add the following configuration to your build.gradle file:

compileJava {
    sourceCompatibility = 1.9
    targetCompatibility = 1.9

After making these changes, recompile your application and try running it again.

Note: It’s generally recommended to use the latest stable version of Java for better performance, security, and bug fixes. So, if possible, upgrading your Java version would be the better long-term solution.

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