Caused by: Received fatal alert: protocol_version for on Linux

Since a few days we keep getting

Caused by: Received fatal alert: protocol_version

when trying to download dependencies from Maven Central.

I assume it’s in connection to

Our configuration is:

Gradle 3.2

Build time:   2016-11-14 12:32:59 UTC
Revision:     5d11ba7bc3d79aa2fbe7c30a022766f4532bbe0f

Groovy:       2.4.7
Ant:          Apache Ant(TM) version 1.9.6 compiled on June 29 2015
JVM:          1.7.0_80 (Oracle Corporation 24.80-b11)
OS:           Linux 4.4.0-87-generic amd64

However I’ve reproduced this with Gradle 4.0 and 4.8. In any case, we can’t really upgrade now from Gradle 3.2, this is a maintenance project. In a similar note, migrating from Java 7 is also not a valid option. Also, unfortunately this only happens on Linux.

I’ve tried various configuration options for Gradle, for example:

./gradlew build -Dhttps.protocols=TLSv1.2

./gradlew -Dhttps.protocols=TLSv1.2 build

export GRADLE_OPTS=-Dhttps.protocols=TLSv1.2 and then ./gradlew build

No luck, same error. Gradle seems to be ignoring the property, I don’t see it when running with --info.

Are we the only ones having problems connecting to Maven Central with Gradle? I haven’t found anyone else having the same issue :frowning:

Also, I can’t find documentation for this, maybe I’m passing the parameter badly? What’s the recommended way to pass HTTPS protocol parameters to Gradle?

Thank you for your time :slight_smile:


The property https.protocols is not handled by Apache HttpClient which is what Gradle uses under the hood.
So the only workaround available for you is to configure a maven repository with the HTTP only URL of Maven Central:

Note that we are working on making Gradle 4.8.1 enable TLSv1.2 by default for Java 7, but as you’ve stated that upgrading is not an option, it will not help.

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Upgrading is unlikely, but not impossible. Is this bug being tracked somewhere or should I file it?

Also, would it be possible to expose these settings for extra flexibility for end users?

Created the issue

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Cool! Thanks a lot :+1: