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+# Copyright 2008 Nokia Siemens Networks Oyj
+# Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
+# you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
+# You may obtain a copy of the License at
+# Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
+# distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
+# See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
+# limitations under the License.
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+Installation And Uninstallation
+.. contents::
+ 1 Introduction
+ 2 Installation
+ 2.1 Preconditions
+ 2.1.1 Python Installation
+ 2.1.2 Jython Installation
+ 2.2 Installing From Source
+ 2.3 Installing Using Binary Installer
+ 2.4 Manual Installation
+ 2.5 Where Files Are Installed
+ 2.6 Setting Up The Environment
+ 2.6.1 Start-Up Scripts
+ 2.6.2 Python And Jython
+ 2.7 Verifying Installation
+ 3 Upgrading
+ 4 Uninstallation
+There are two ways to install Robot Framework, depending on how you got it.
+`Installing from source`_
+ You can get the source code either as a source distribution package
+ or directly from our version control. In the former case, you need to
+ first extract the package somewhere, and as a result, you got a
+ directory named ``robotframework-<version>``. Detailed instructions
+ follow, but in short, what you need to do is to go to the created
+ directory and run the ``python install`` command.
+`Installing using binary installer`_
+ Binary installers are platform-specific and using them should be
+ familiar to anyone who has ever installed anything on that
+ particular platform. We currently have graphical installers for
+ Windows and an RPM package for several Linux flavours.
+Installation packages are available from:
+**TODO**: add correct URL
+For more details about different installation packages and possible
+future formats, see the PACKAGING.txt file.
+Robot Framework runs both on Python_ and Jython_ and you need to have
+at least one of them to be able to use it. Installing Robot Framework
+automatically is only possible with Python and installing it is
+Python Installation
+Python 2.5 is recommended, although Python 2.4 and 2.3 are also
+supported. On most unixy systems, you have Python installed by
+default. If you are on Windows or otherwise need to install Python
+yourself, your best place to start is probably `Python
+homepage`_. There you can download a suitable installer and get more
+information about installation and Python in general.
+.. Note:: Python installation framework coming with Python 2.3 does not
+ have functionality for copying other than Python
+ files. Robot Framework itself can be installed with it
+ without problems, but installing e.g. certain libraries may
+ require copying those non-Python files manually.
+Jython Installation
+Using test libraries implemented with Java or directly using Java
+tools requires running Robot Framework on Jython_. A precondition for
+Jython is having Java 1.4 or newer installed. Both Sun and IBM Java
+versions are supported and you only need Java Runtime Environment
+(JRE). Newer Java versions are recommended, as they tend to be faster
+with dynamic languages like Jython.
+Jython version to use with Robot Framework is 2.2. At least Jython
+2.2.1 has problems with Unicode in certain cases (see
+ for more details), but they are hopefully
+fixed in later 2.2.x versions.
+Some unixy systems have Jython automatically available, but they still
+seem to have 2.1 version which is *not* compatible with Robot
+Framework. Installing Jython is, luckily, a pretty easy procedure. You
+need to first get an installer from `Jython homepage`_ and then
+run it. Note that the installer is an executable JAR package, which you
+need to run like ``java -jar jython_installer-2.2.jar``. Depending on
+your system, the installer will either run in the graphical or textual mode,
+but in both cases, the actual installation procedure is really easy.
+Robot Framework installer tries to find the Jython executable on the
+system, in order to create the jybot start-up script correctly. Jython
+will be found if:
+1. The Jython executable is in the PATH environment variable.
+2. An environment variable JYTHON_HOME is set and it points to
+ a directory containing the Jython executable.
+3. Jython installation dir is found. On Windows machines, it is
+ searched from 'C:\\' and 'D:\\' drives, and on other systems from
+ '/usr/local' and '/opt' directories. The directory will be found if
+ it is under the search directories mentioned above, or one level
+ deeper. For example, following Jython installation directories
+ would be found by the installer::
+ C:\APPS\Jython2.2
+ D:\Jython22RC2
+ /usr/local/jython2.2.1
+ /opt/more/jython2.2
+If you plan to use Robot Framework only with Jython, you do not
+necessarily need Python at all. In that case you need to do a `manual
+installation`_ or have some custom installer.
+Installing From Source
+As already mentioned, you can get Robot Framework source either as a
+source distribution package (which you need to extract somewhere) or
+directly from version control. In both cases, you should have a
+directory containing source code, documentation, tools, templates,
+etc. The first installation step is going to the created directory
+from command line, and after that you can install Robot Framework by
+running the following command::
+ python install
+You get a quite long output and something like the following text should
+appear at the end::
+ Creating Robot start-up scripts...
+ Installation directory: /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/robot
+ Python executable: /usr/bin/python
+ Jython executable: /cygdrive/c/jython2.2b2/jython.bat (found from system)
+ Pybot script: /usr/bin/pybot
+ Jybot script: /usr/bin/jybot
+ Rebot script: /usr/bin/rebot
+Installing Using Binary Installer
+Use the platform-specific way of installation. For example, on
+Windows, double click the provided installation executable, and follow
+the instructions of the graphical installer.
+Manual Installation
+If you do not want to install Python or for some other reason do not
+want to use any automatic way for installing Robot Framework, you can
+always do it manually following these steps.
+1. Get the source code. All the code is in a directory (a module in
+ Python) called ``robot``. If you have a source distribution or a version
+ control checkout, you can find it from the ``src`` directory, but you can
+ also get it from an earlier installation.
+2. Copy the source code where you want.
+3. Create the needed start-up scripts. If you have a source package or a
+ checkout, you can get templates from ``src/bin``.
+Where Files Are Installed
+When an automatic installer is used, Robot Framework code is copied
+into a directory containing external Python modules. The actual location is
+platform-specific, but on unixy machines, it is normally something like
+'/usr/lib/[PythonVer]/site-packages' and on Windows it is
+'[PythonInstallationDir]\\Lib\\site-packages'. The code is in the directory
+named as robot in the site-packages directory.
+Robot Framework start-up scripts (pybot, jybot and rebot) will be
+created and copied into another platform-specific location. On unixy
+machines, they normally go to '/usr/bin' and are thus immediately
+available from command line. On Windows, there is not a similar natural
+place, and scripts go '[PythonInstallationDir]\\Scripts'.
+Setting Up The Environment
+Start-Up Scripts
+The Robot Framework installer creates start-up scripts and copies them
+to platform-dependent locations as explained above. On unixy machines,
+they should be automatically available from command line, but on
+Windows they are not. On Windows, and possible other environments where
+startup scripts are not available, the directory containing them must
+be set to the PATH environment variable.
+.. TIP:: Setting PATH in Windows
+ Open ``Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced >
+ Environment Variables``. There are User variables and System
+ variables, the difference between them is that User Variables affect
+ only the current users, System Variables affect all users. If the
+ PATH environment variable does not exist, you can create it by
+ choosing 'New'. An existing variable may be edited by choosing
+ 'Edit'. You should insert ';C:\\[PythonDir]\\Scripts\\' into the
+ 'Variable Value' field in the edit dialog, where [PythonDir] is
+ your Python installation directory.
+ A new command prompt needs to be started for the changes to take effect.
+Python And Jython
+If you followed `Jython installation`_ guidelines above, or do not need
+Jython at all, you should not need to do any more configuring. You may
+want to make sure Python and Jython are available from command line
+and if not, add their installation directories into PATH.
+If you installed Jython into a location where Robot Framawork
+installer could not find it, you need to either update the ``jybot`` script
+manually or set the Jython installation directory to PATH.
+Verifying Installation
+You can verify the success of the installation and environment setup by typing::
+ pybot --version
+Something similar to::
+ Robot 2.0 (Python 2.5.1 on cygwin)
+should appear on the output.
+To verify that Robot Framework works also with Jython, type::
+ jybot --version
+The expected output in this case is similar to::
+ Robot 2.0 (Jython 2.2 on java1.6.0_02)
+If you are upgrading from one minor Robot Framework version to another
+(for example, from 2.0 to 2.0.1), it should be safe to install the new
+version over the old one.
+If you are upgrading from one major Robot version to another (for
+example, from 2.0 to 2.1), then it is highly recommended to uninstall
+the old version before the new installation.
+If you are downgrading, the rules are same as for upgrading.
+If Robot Framework is installed from a binary distribution, it can be
+uninstalled via the mechanism offered by the operating system. For
+example in Windows you simply go to ``Control Panel >
+Add/Remove Programs``. Note that Robot Framework is listed under
+If installed from source, or if the removal of binary installation is
+unsuccesful, Robot Framework may be uninstalled by removing the
+framework code and start-up scripts manually. See the `Where Files Are
+Installed`_ section above for more information where to find them.
+.. _Python:
+.. _Python Homepage: Python_
+.. _Jython:
+.. _Jython Homepage: Jython_
+.. _Java:
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