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Downloading and Building Egeria Tutorial

Egeria is an open source project that is delivered both as source code as well as Maven Central Repository libraries.

This tutorial will guide you through the process of downloading the core Egeria source code from GitHub and building it so that you can run it on your local machine.

Alternatively you can also use Kubernetes to run Egeria. This uses the published builds of Egeria and does not require you to build Egeria on your machine.

Prerequisite technology for building Egeria

Installing Java

Java is a relatively mature object-oriented programming language that was originally designed to be able to easily run programs across a number of different computer systems.

The Egeria project itself is primarily written in Java, and therefore a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is the most basic component needed in order to run Egeria.

You will need a Java Development Kit (JDK) installed on your machine in order to build Egeria. (A JDK will include a JRE.)

There are various JREs/JDKs available, and you may even have one pre-installed on your system. You can check if java is already installed by running the command java -version from the command-line.

Java can be installed by:

  1. Downloading the OpenJDK 11 (LTS) HotSpot JVM from Adoptium.
  2. Running the installer that is downloaded.

Alternatively you may wish to install from your package manager such as homebrew on MacOS.

Installing Maven

Apache Maven is the tool that supports our project build. This includes the code compilation, running unit tests, validating dependencies and Javadoc as well as build our distribution archive.

Maven 3.5 or higher is required to build Egeria. 3.6.x or above is recommended.

Check if Maven is installed

mvn --version

Maven can be installed by downloading the software from the Apache maven website and unpacking it into a directory that is included in your PATH. Alternatively these methods are available:

Install Maven through HomeBrew

brew install maven

Install through yum

yum install maven

Install through apt-get

apt-get install maven

On Windows, you should use Windows Subsystem for Linux Version 2 or above, install an appropriate Linux distribution, and follow the instructions for that Linux distribution.

Installing Git on your local machine

Git is an open source version control system used to store and manage Egeria's files. You need it installed on your machine to work with Egeria's git repositories stored on GitHub.

You can check whether it is installed on your system by running git --version from the command-line.

Git can be installed:

  • On MacOS, as part of the Xcode suite (running git --version will prompt you to install it if it is not already installed).
  • On Linux operating systems, by using your distribution's package manager (yum install git, apt-get install git, etc).
  • On Windows, you should use Windows Subsystem for Linux Version 2 or above, install an appropriate Linux distribution, and follow the instructions for Linux.

Tutorial tasks

  1. Downloading the Egeria source from GitHub
  2. Building the Egeria source with Apache Maven
  3. Installing Egeria

Downloading the Egeria Source from GitHub

The code for Egeria is downloaded from each git repository one at a time. The commands shown below create a clone (copy) of the egeria git repositories for your own use. If you want to make a contribution to Egeria, you need to clone your own fork of a repository rather than the main repository itself.

Create a new directory for Egeria's main libraries. In the example below it is called egeria-main-libraries:

mkdir egeria-main-libraries

Change to your new directory.

cd egeria-main-libraries

Egeria's source is extracted from GitHub using the following git command:

git clone

A new directory has been created with the core Egeria source code. Change to the egeria directory and you are ready to build the source.

cd egeria

Create a new directory for Egeria's main libraries. In the example below it is called egeria-samples-source:

mkdir egeria-samples-source

Change to your new directory.

cd egeria-samples-source

Egeria's samples source is extracted from GitHub using the following git command:

git clone

A new directory has been created with the samples' source code. Change to the egeria-samples directory and you are ready to build the source.

cd egeria-samples

Create a new directory for Egeria's developer projects. In the example below it is called egeria-dev-projects-source:

mkdir egeria-dev-projects-source

Change to your new directory.

cd egeria-dev-projects-source

Egeria's source is extracted from GitHub using the following git command:

git clone

A new directory has been created with the developer projects source code. Change to the egeria-dev-projects directory and you are ready to build the source.

cd egeria-dev-projects

The ls command allows you to list the files from the repository:


It should be the same as the contents of the git repository on GitHub.

You are now ready to build the egeria source.

Building the Egeria Source

The build process takes the source files from the git repository and creates executable libraries needed to run Egeria.

Supported Platforms - linux, macOS

Egeria currently supports building on *nix, Linux & Linux-like operating systems such as MacOS.

Our official build pipelines are based on x86_64 architecture, but it is expected the build will run on other architectures, subject to the availability of the required tools and interpreters/jvms/runtimes on that platform (for example Java, Python, Docker/containerd/k8s etc).

Additional Platforms - Windows

Currently the Egeria team does not regularly test or use Windows, so there may be areas that are not documented as well, or not work. We'd very much welcome any interested developers who use Windows on a daily basis to join us and help improve this area!

On Windows, you should use Windows Subsystem for Linux Version 2 or above, and install a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu. This avoids issues we have seen with path separators, symbolic links, slow I/O performance, long path names. WSL version 2 should be used, not version 1, due to differences in file I/O (emulation). The docs above explain how to switch from v1 to v2.

From the command line everything should work just as for macOS & linux, including building and running Egeria since a full linux distribution is being used, with a linux kernel.

However IDE use may be a little different. Some IDEs can run the GUI in Windows natively, and then use the WSL environment to perform build and execution.

With IntelliJ the following process is most likely to work:

  • Ensure an Ubuntu environment is setup using WSL2
  • Install a java sdk, and maven as for mac/linux
  • ensure a build at the command line works ok
  • Install IntelliJ community edition on Windows. Using the latest version (2022.1 at time of writing) is recommended as WSL support is a new area
  • Create a new project 'from existing sources' and ensure you point to //wsl$/..... (path in linux environment)
  • After a few warnings as IntelliJ detects the code, your SDK should be set automatically to the linux java version

Jetbrains have a WSL2 support article which elaborates these instructions in more detail

Another option would be to run the IDE itself directly within the linux environment, and share the display via X11, VNC, or another form of remote desktop. This is likely to work, but could perform sluggishly. Microsoft are improving this area with WSLg , but this requires very new software, and dedicated graphics to work well. It's also outside the scope of this summary.

Egeria provides both maven and gradle build scripts. On Wndows we've seen issues with maven which can cause IntelliJ to be busy or unresponsive for hours. If this happens you could try to use the gradle build instead. To do this in IntelliJ:

  • Navigate to your maven tool window,click the top level maven project 'Egeria' & 'Unlink Maven Projects' - and confirm.
  • In the left project tree right click on the top level build.gradle and 'Link gradle project'

Note that our tutorials currently assume maven as our migration to gradle is still in progress. You may find some path names differ, in particular outputs from compiles, including our assembly/build of the main application will be under 'build' not 'target'. Additionally no maven artifacts are published to ~/.m2 , so if you build another project, this will/can only use code from the official repos, not anything you may have modified. This is likely only a concern for those modifying the core platform.

Yet another option to use IntelliJ is to make use of Remote Development. With this configuration you would use a seperate linux system, and connect remotely. This is beyond the scope of these docs.

Feedback on Windows, offers to help, clarification on the steps can be directed to odpi/egeria-docs#335

Running the build

When you download (clone) the contents of a git repository from GitHub, a new directory is created that is named after the repository that you cloned. For example, the directory created when the main egeria.git repository is cloned is called egeria. This directory contains all of the source and the build scripts.

The project uses three main build technologies:

  • Apache Maven
  • Gradle is an alternative build tool to Maven and is the future direction for Egeria.
  • npm is used for Javascript repositories associated with the User Interfaces.

The build scripts that use these technologies ensure the software is built in the correct order.

Building with Maven

Maven is used to build the following repositories:

  • egeria.git - main Egeria libraries.
  • egeria-samples.git - coded samples of using Egeria.
  • egeria-dev-projects.git - utilities and connectors for developers to use and develop further.

The Maven processing organizes the modules into a hierarchy. Each module has a pom.xml file (called the pom file) that defines the artifact, its parent / children, dependencies and any special processing that the module builds. The top-level pom file is the pom.xml file at the root of the repository's source code directory structure.

When the Maven command is run, it passes through the hierarchy of modules multiple times. Each pass processes a particular lifecycle phase of the build (to ensure, for example, Java source files are compiled before the resulting object files are packaged into a jar file).

Maven repositories

This processing includes locating and downloading external libraries and dependencies, typically from an online open source repository called Maven Central. The directory where these external dependencies is stored locally is called .m2.

!! cli "Rebuild a module with Maven" From the module's directory issue command:

mvn clean install

The egeria.git repository has a top-level pom file so all of the modules can be built using one mvn clean install command from the top-level egeria directory. There is also a quick build option for people just wishing to use Egeria rather than make changes - enter mvn clean install -P quick -D skipFVT

The egeria-samples.git repository does not have a top-level pom file. Each sample is built separately. When you want to build a sample, change to the sample's directory where the pom.xml file is located and issue mvn clean install.

The egeria-dev-projects.git repository has a top-level pom fileo all of the modules can be built using one mvn clean install command from the top-level egeria-dev-projects directory.

The build can take 15 minutes to over an hour depending on the repository and on the speed/load on your machine. However eventually you will see the message:

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 54:54 min
[INFO] Finished at: 2020-01-29T09:33:17Z
[INFO] Final Memory: 171M/3510M
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Process finished with exit code 0
Building with Gradle

Gradle is an alternative build tool to Maven and offers:

  • better support for parallel builds
  • more flexibility for build tasks
  • breaking the link between directory structure and maven artifacts
  • extremely fast incremental builds

Our direction is for a Gradle build to replace Maven; however, that work is still underway . As such, our supported build environment remains Maven

As of release 3.0, most components are building with gradle, but artifacts are not being created, and verification has not been done.

Gradle is, however, the chosen build tool for some of our new, smaller repositories.

Contributions to this work are welcome, as are issue reports! If you'd like to help complete this transition, see odpi/egeria#3370

No gradle installation is required, as we use the 'gradle wrapper' which will automatically install gradle if needed. This reduces the setup steps, and ensure everyone runs the same version of gradle (currently 7.02 in Release 3.0).

Rebuild a project with Gradle

./gradlew build

Quick build

# Skips generation of javadoc, and tests - similar to the maven quick build
./gradlew build -x test -x javadoc

Installing Egeria

Change to the top level egeria directory where your local copy of egeria.git is downloaded to.

The egeria build process creates the distribution files for Egeria in the open-metadata-distribution module. To see its contents, use the following cd command to change to the target directory:

cd open-metadata-distribution/open-metadata-assemblies/target
List the files:
ls -l
The name of the files is determined by the release level of the code that you downloaded from GitHub. In this example, the release is egeria-3.8-SNAPSHOT. The files in this list will also change as Egeria develops.
antrun                                                  egeria-3.8-SNAPSHOT-distribution
archive-tmp                                             egeria-3.8-SNAPSHOT-distribution.tar.gz
egeria-3.8-SNAPSHOT-deploy                              open-metadata-assemblies-3.8-SNAPSHOT-javadoc.jar
egeria-3.8-SNAPSHOT-deploy.tar.gz                       open-metadata-assemblies-3.8-SNAPSHOT-sources.jar
The install image tar file is {{release}}-distribution.tar.gz or egeria-3.8-SNAPSHOT-distribution.tar.gz in this example.

Create a directory for the install and copy the tar file into it. The two commands shown below create an install directory at the same level in the file system as the egeria build library and then copies the egeria distribution file into it.

mkdir ~/egeria-install
cp egeria*-distribution.tar.gz ~/egeria-install

These next commands change to the new directory and lists its contents.

cd ~/egeria-install

It is now possible to unpack the tar file.

tar -xf egeria*-distribution.tar.gz
A new directory is created called egeria-omag-3.8-SNAPSHOT. Change to this new directory and list its contents as shown below.

cd egeria-omag*
LICENSE                 content-packs           samples                 user-interface
NOTICE                  keystore.p12            server                  utilities
conformance-suite       sample-data             truststore.p12

As before, you may notice different files as Egeria evolves.

Under server is a directory for the OMAG Server Platform that is used to run open metadata and governance services. This is the server-chassis-spring-3.8-SNAPSHOT.jar.

ls server
lib             server-chassis-spring-3.8-SNAPSHOT.jar
The lib directory is where the jar files for connectors, samples and new registered services are installed. The initial list includes the connectors that are located in the egeria.git repository.
ls server/lib

Copy the jar files for any additional connectors not added by default into the lib directory. The connectors available for Egeria are listed in the Connector Catalog.

What next?

This is the end of the Downloading and Building Egeria Tutorial. You are now ready to learn about the OMAG Server Platform.

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