The Spring Framework provides a comprehensive programming and configuration model for modern Java-based enterprise applications - on any kind of deployment platform. A key element of Spring is infrastructural support at the application level: Spring focuses on the "plumbing" of enterprise applications so that teams can focus on application-level business logic, without unnecessary ties to specific deployment environments.
The framework also serves as the foundation for Spring Integration, Spring Batch and the rest of the Spring family of projects. Browse the repositories under the SpringSource organization on GitHub for a full list.
Instructions on downloading Spring artifacts via Maven and other build systems are available via the project wiki.
Spring's JIRA issue tracker can be found here. Think you've found a bug? Please consider submitting a reproduction project via the spring-framework-issues repository. The readme provides simple step-by-step instructions.
Building from source
The Spring Framework uses a Gradle-based build system. In the instructions
./gradlew is invoked from the root of the source tree and
serves as a cross-platform, self-contained bootstrap mechanism for the build. The only
prerequisites are git and JDK 1.6+.
check out sources
git clone git://github.com/SpringSource/spring-framework.git
compile and test, build all jars, distribution zips and docs
install all spring-* jars into your local Maven cache
import sources into your IDE
./import-into-eclipse.sh or read
import-into-idea.md as appropriate.
... and discover more commands with
./gradlew tasks. See also the
Gradle build and release FAQ.
Staying in touch
The Spring Framework is released under version 2.0 of the Apache License.