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Getting started with JABAWS development

Here's a work in progress concerning how to get a working development version of JABA on your own machine.

The first steps are:

  1. Sign up at
    • This login is also used for the JABA and Jalview source repositories, and also the Jalview wiki.
  2. Take a look at the general coding guidelines on the Development page.
  3. Get set up with eclipse.
    • I use a third party eclipse system called 'Yoxos' - see Development:Yoxos to set this up.
  4. Get your JABAWS development environment set up.
    1. Make sure you have a full installation of Apache Tomcat7 on your machine.
    2. In Eclipse, you'll need to add a link to your tomcat7 installation in the 'Runtimes' section of the Servers preferences tab.
    3. Checkout the JABAWS code and import the project to eclipse.
      i. clone the jabaws repository to somewhere on your laptop (~/git/ is always a good place to store git repos!)
      git clone # this will take some time
      ii. switch to the develop branch, which includes the latest version of JABAWS (we'll release this as JABAWS 2.1).
      cd jabaws
      git checkout develop
      iii. Import the project to eclipse
      Use eclipse's File->Import dialog to select the 'Import projects from git repository' wizard, and point it at your local version of the JABAWS repository. Import the project called 'clustengine'
      iv. Try to run the project to launch a jabaws development server
      In principal, you'll then be able to right-click on the new clustengine project and select 'Run -> Run on Server' to get JABAWS running on a local tomcat instance. However, you'll almost certainly need to fix some paths.
  5. Further reading: there are details on the jabaws-dev server that give some more {{ background about jabaws development}.