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Building from Source

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  • If you have an IDE installed such as NetBeans or Eclipse installed, it will make your development easier. However, follow on for the brave.

  • At least JDK 8 is required to compile and run the object code.

  • At least Apache Maven 3.3.9 is required to build the source files and assemble the project.

Build Procedure

OpenNLP can either be build from the distributed sources or from a subversion checkout. These build instructions document how to build from the latest trunk version. The distributed source package includes a README file which explains how to build it.

On the first checkout everything should be built. Go to the opennlp folder inside the trunk folder (e.g. opennlp-trunk) and type

cd opennlp
mvn install

to build all modules. The build installs the maven artifacts in the local repository and creates a binary and source distribution inside the opennlp-distr/target folder.

After the initial build the individual modules can be built on their own with: mvn install

In the opennlp-docs project it is recommended to always build with mvn clean install because changed docbook xml files might not be re-processed otherwise.

In some cases it might be convenient to skip the tests. That can be done with the -Dmaven.test.skip=true option. For example type: mvn clean install -Dmaven.test.skip=true

No tests will be executed.

It might happen from time to time that the build fails, if so please report a broken build on the opennlp-dev mailing list. The build should always work for everyone.