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Environment Setup


Regardless of the Development environment you prefer, there are some common prerequisites:

Java JDK

You will need a Java JDK installed. Be mindful of which version you install:

  • Ignition platform 7 requires a Java 1.8 JDK
  • Ignition platform 8 requires a Java 11 JDK

You have several options for JDKs. Popular options are:

Build System

You will need to choose and install a build system. Recommended build systems include Gradle and Maven.

To install Gradle:

SDKMAN! is a tool for managing parallel versions of multiple Software Development Kits on most Unix-based systems: sdk install gradle 8.1.1.

To install Maven:

Linux users can use their package manager to install at the command line: sudo apt-get install maven.

Download IDE and Set Up Your Workspace

Download Eclipse IDE for Java Developers from

When you first start Eclipse, you will be asked what workspace you want to work in. A workspace is a folder on your hard drive that holds a collection of projects. You can have multiple workspaces. If you're already an Eclipse user, you'll want to create a new workspace.

To make a workspace, create a folder to be your workspace or choose a path through Eclipse when you start the IDE. For example: C:\development\IgnitionSDK_Workspace. The SDK dependencies will be configured inside the IDE.