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Installation from Download

Prerequisites

In order to start using Grails you need to have the following:

  • An installation of Java SDK 1.4 or higher and have set your JAVA_HOME variable to the SDK install location.

Steps

  • Download the latest Grails release
  • Extract the archive into an appropriate location; typically C:\grails on Windows or ~/grails on Unix
  • Create a GRAILS_HOME environment variable that points to the path where you extracted the archive (eg C:\grails on Windows or ~/grails on Unix)
  • If you have not set the JAVA_HOME environment variable yet, create JAVA_HOME environment variable that points to the path where you have installed Java
  • Append a reference to the "bin" directory within the Grails directory to your PATH variable (eg %GRAILS_HOME%\bin on Windows or $GRAILS_HOME/bin on Unix). Note that, for Windows, both PATH and GRAILS_HOME must be defined at the same environment variable level (eg. 'System variables') rather than across environment variable levels (eg. PATH under 'System variables' and GRAILS_HOME under 'User variables')
  • Type "grails" at the command line, if a help message is displayed you are ready to start using Grails!
  • If you get an error message, try to chmod +x the grails script inside the bin directory.

Installation from Subversion

Prerequisites

In order to start using Grails from SVN you need to have the following:

  • An installation of Java 1.4 or higher and have set your JAVA_HOME variable to the install location
  • A working installation of Apache Ant 1.6.5 or higher
  • JUnit (to run the build tests - put junit.jar in your ANT_HOMElib directory)
  • An installation of Subversion

Steps

  • Checkout Grails from the SVN repository
  • Set the GRAILS_HOME environment variable to the checkout location
  • Add the "%GRAILS_HOME%bin" directory to your PATH environment variable
  • Add the "%GRAILS_HOME%antbin directory to your PATH environment variable.
  • (You may need to give the scripts in "%GRAILS_HOME%antbin execute permissions.)
  • Go to the %GRAILS_HOME% directory and type "ant" to build Grails
  • That's it! Start developing in Grails!