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Travis build

Builds for each openEQUELLA Release can be found on the Releases page

More in-depth documentation can be found in Docs repo.

If you would like to contribute to openEQUELLA please setup a development environment.

Building openEQUELLA from source

Download required software

Download and install Git

In ubuntu:

~$ sudo apt-get install git


This guide assumes you have SSH capabilities. Be sure to add your public SSH key into the you git profile to access the code repos.

Download and install SBT

In ubuntu:

~$ echo "deb /" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sbt.list
~$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv 2EE0EA64E40A89B84B2DF73499E82A75642AC823
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install sbt

Install yarn

In ubuntu (17.10):

~$ curl -sS | sudo apt-key add -
~$ echo "deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/yarn.list
~$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yarn

As of the time of writing the build was tested with yarn 1.3.2 and Node v6.11.4.

Install psc-package

Binary releases for linux/windows/mac can be found here. The binary file must be put onto your PATH somewhere.

Latest release tested was 0.3.3.

Download and install Java 8 JDK

Oracle is the recommended and historically the supported vendor of Java to run openEquella with.

In ubuntu:

~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
~$ sudo apt-get update
~$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Download and install Image Magick binaries

Note: For ubuntu follow the install from Unix Source instructions:

To confirm the installation directory in Ubuntu for the openEquella installer, run the command:

~$ whereis convert

When installing in Windows, check “Install Legacy Utilities (e.g. convert)”.

Download and install libav

In ubuntu:

~$ sudo apt-get install libav-tools

To confirm the installation directory in Ubuntu for the openEquella installer, run the command:

~$ whereis avconv

Once SBT and Java are installed, you may need to set a JAVA_HOME environment variable.


  • Either PostgreSQL, SQLServer, or Oracle database.

Get the code

Base code

Git Clone

~$ git clone

Optional code

There is functionality that could not be included into the core openEquella code repository, but based on your business needs, may be appropriate to include.

Build configuration

Some aspects of the build can be configured by editing the build.conf file.


A keystore with a certificate is required to sign some of the jars in order for them to escape the Java sandbox.

By default the build will generate a self signed key which will show security warnings when launching. In order to prevent this you will need to have a properly signed certificate and configure the build to use it. In the build.conf file you can modify the parameters to configure your own keystore:

signer {
  keystore = "/path/to/.keystore"
  storePassword = "<storepasswd>"
  keyPassword = "<optional>" # defaults to storePassword
  alias = "<keyalias>"

IMPORTANT: A self registered certificate implies that the jars won't be secured and a security exception will appear when trying to launch the jars. To avoid this it is needed to add the domain you want to trust as a security exception in your java configuration. It can be done with the Java Control Panel or directly adding the domain in a new line in this file: ${user.home}/.java/deployment/security/exception.sites

Building the installer

This guide runs sbt in non-interactive mode. You can run in interactive mode to save rebuild time by first running 'sbt', and the another command such as 'compile'.

cd to the {Equella repo} directory
~$ sbt installerZip