Try With Resources Not Supported at This Language Level


I'm using IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate 2016.2.1, have set Project SDK to my 1.8 version, Project Language Level to 8, Module SDK to my 1.8 version, and JDK home path to /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_91.jdk/Contents/Home.

I have restarted the IDE.

Still, I am getting ugly warnings about try-with-resources not supported at this language level. I have not used less than language level 8 in IntelliJ so this can't be due to something not refreshing. I am using a gradle build configuration - cleaned built and tried to run - says I'm running 1.5 but I can't figure out where 1.5 is mentioned. In build.gradle i'm using:

 apply plugin: 'java'
 apply plugin: 'application'
 sourceCompatibility = 1.8

Should I file an IntelliJ bug or am I still missing something?


Running gradle in termianl outside of IntelliJ's system runs it fine. So the problem is IntelliJ related.


I have found that IntelliJ sometimes defaults modules to language levels that don't match the set project SDK. Try right clicking on the module in the project explorer and select module settings and then the language level tab. If that is set to Java 5 then update it to Java 8.