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Apache Taverna 3 source code is available at

Taverna 2 source code is available at




This tutorial will walk you through how to check out and build Taverna's source code using Eclipse.
Also see other documentation on Taverna source code for more details.

First we'll assume you have installed Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (3.6.1 / Helios SR1 or later), the m2eclipse Maven integration plugin version 0.10.2 or later, the Subversive plugin, and Apache Maven 2.2.1 or later. See prerequisites for details on how to obtain and install this software. If you are new to Maven we also recommend you have a look at the online Maven book Maven: The Definitive Guide.


titleDo you need to build from source?

Most users would not need to build Taverna from source code, and should download a compiled version of the Taverna Workbench for their operating system. As Taverna is developed in Java, there is no advantage of recompiling the source code on a specific platform. The official releases also include the source code, and should be more straight forward to build than following this tutorial.

As the Taverna runtime is using a plugin system called Raven, it is important that the individual Taverna modules are configured with the right inter-dependencies. At some stages of Taverna's release cycle, this might not always be the case on the trunk checkout, which could cause problems such as service types missing, duplicate menu entries, downloading of missing dependencies or Taverna Workbench not starting.

The compiled nightly builds will provide the bleeding edge view of Taverna, just like building from trunk - and can be downloaded and run out of the box. As these downloads are built every night, they are a good indication on whether you will be able to run Taverna checked out from the newest source code, and at what stage the development version of Taverna Workbench is in.

Taverna plugin developers should not need to checkout the source code, but are recommended to follow the plugin development tutorials, which will detail how to create a Taverna plugin using Maven tools. Source code for Taverna modules included in the plugin will be retrieved automatically by the m2eclipse plugin for inspection and inspiration.

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titleTutorial - Checking out Taverna


This tutorial is updated to work with Taverna 2.2.1

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