Building Apache Directory Studio

All projects use Maven as default build tool, we use Maven 3 on JDK 1.6.

Checkout Sources from SVN Repository

First you have to download the source code from the repository. Subversion is used for version control, so you can use the subversion client to download up to date source code. Here are the steps to have a running Apache Directory Studio from scratch:

To check out the active development branch of Apache Directory Studio and all co-projects run the following command (use https instead of http for committers):

svn co studio

Build Apache Directory Studio

Now, change to studio:

cd studio

Run the following command to build all the Apache Directory Studio Eclipse plugins and RCP application:

mvn clean install

Memory settings:

If the build hangs or you get an out of memory exception please increase the heap space:

  • For Linux:

    MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx256m" mvn clean install
  • For Windows:

    SET MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx256m"
    mvn clean install

Distribution settings:

By default a distribution for your current working OS is built. You can add additional distributions by adding the corresponding profile of it:

OS os.arch Profile to use
Mac OS X 32 Bit (Cocoa) mac i386 -Pmacosx-x86
Mac OS X 64 Bit (Cocoa) mac x86_64 -Pmacosx-x86_64
Windows 32 Bit windows x86 -Pwin32-x86
Windows 64 Bit windows x86_64 or amd64 -Pwin32-x86_64
Linux 32 Bit (GTK 2) unix i386 -Plinux-x86
Linux 64 Bit (GTK 2) unix x86_64 or amd64 -Plinux-x86_64
All - - -Pinstallers
Updatesite - - -Pupdatesite

After the command ends running successfully you'll have all the projects compiled and the distribution(s) of Apache Directory Studio application generated in the directory applications/application-/target.

To run the application, double-click on it or launch it from command line.

Run Integration Tests

Before running integration test you need a local installation of Eclipse 3.5. It is recommended to use a dedicated and small distribution, e.g. the "Eclipse IDE for Java Developers" package. Further you need to declare a Maven property eclipse-home that points to the Eclipse installation. Create or edit the /.m2/settings.xml file and add the following content, please adapt the path to your local eclipse installation:


Run the following command to execute the integration tests:

mvn -Pintegration-core,integration-ui test

Background Info for Integration Tests

The integration tests start up a full eclipse environment.

  • The 'core' test only start up a headless eclipse, without GUI.
  • The 'ui' test starts up the eclipse GUI and plays some scenarios. We use SWTBot.

The complete eclipse distribution, the studio plugins and the SWTBot plugins are copied into a test sandbox under test-integration-[core|ui]/target/test-sandbox.

The test results are written to test-integration-[core|ui]/target/test-sandbox/workspace/results.xml.

If errors occur please check test-integration-[core|ui]/target/test-sandbox/workspace/.log and test-integration-[core|ui]/target/test-sandbox/configuration/*.log.

Build User Documentation

To build the user documentation in HTML and PDF, run the following command:

mvn install -Puserguides

Note: Generating PDF requires much memory. If you get an out of memory exception please increase the heap memory:

  • For Linux:

    MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx256M" mvn install -Puserguides
  • For Windows:

    SET MAVEN_OPTS="-Xmx256M"
    mvn install -Puserguides

After the command ends running successfully you'll have all the user documentation generated in the directory target/userguides.


To clean the project's directory, run the following command:

mvn clean


If you have problems building the projects please try to clean your local maven2 repository:

  • For Linux:

    rm -rf ~/.m2/repository
  • For Windows:

    Delete the folder C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>.m2\repository

Note: Each sub-project can also be built separately. To do so, enter the project directory and run the mvn install command. This will compile and generate the plugin in the target directory

Note 2: Apache Directory Studio can be built on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It has been run successfully on Linux Ubuntu, Gentoo Linux (i386/amd64), Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion & Mountain Lion and Windows XP, Vista & 7.