Workspace setup

Install JDK 8

Install Eclipse

  • Download and install the latest version of the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers from
  • Make sure the version you installed includes support for Maven, otherwise install a newer version or install the M2Eclipse plugin

Install Maven (optional)

If you prefer using Maven via command line, install it:

  • Download Maven 3 from
  • Extract the archive (e.g. apache-maven-3.3.3-bin.tar.gz) in the directory you want to install it (e.g. /usr/local/apache-maven)
  • Set the JAVA_HOME, M2_HOME, M2 and PATH environment variables, for instance:
    JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8)
    • On Mac:
      • open Terminal
      • cd ~
      • nano .bash_profile
      • paste in:
        export M2_HOME=/usr/local/apache-maven/apache-maven-3.3.3
        export M2=$M2_HOME/bin
        export PATH=$M2:$PATH
        export JAVA_HOME=$(/usr/libexec/java_home -v 1.8)
      • exit and save: Ctrl+X then Y
      • quit and reopen Terminal

Project setup

Follow these steps to create the base project structure using our maven archetypes:

  1. Open Eclipse and select your workspace directory
  2. Go to menu File > New > Project…
  3. Select Maven > Maven Project and click Next >
  4. Make sure Create a simple project is unchecked
  5. Select your favorite project location and click Next >
  6. If it is the first time you develop a plugin go the next step to import our archetypes, otherwise go to step 11
  7. Click on Configure…
  8. Click on Add Remote Catalog…
  9. Set Catalog File to and Description to Sfera
  10. Click on OK, and then OK again
  11. Select the “Sfera” catalog
  12. Select the “driver-archetype” or the “app-archetype” depending on what you are going to develop and click Next >
  13. Set the group id for your plugin. We recommend using the syntax <your_domain>.sfera.drivers (e.g. com.example.sfera.drivers) for drivers and the syntax <your_domain>.sfera.apps (e.g. com.example.sfera.apps) for apps
  14. Set the artifact id (e.g. mydriver or myapp)
  15. For the package use the concatenation of group and artifact id (e.g. com.example.sfera.driver.mydriver)
  16. Set the driver/app name property: this will be the name of your driver/app class too, so use the camel-case notation (e.g. MyDriver or MyApp)
  17. Add a description of what your plugin does
  18. Click on Finish

Now you should see a new project in Eclipse named as your artifact id (e.g. “mydriver”).

Open the pom.xml file in the root of the project and make sure you are using the latest release of Sfera:


Now right-click on your project and select Maven > Update Project… and wait for the update to finish.

If you get no errors, test that everything is setup correctly by launching Sfera: go to menu Run > Run History > Sfera-<plugin name>

You should see some logs in your Console window.
To stop Sfera type sys quit in the console and hit Enter.

If you get the error “Missing artifact com.sun:tools:jar:1.4.2” in your project, try this:

  • Open Eclipse preferences
    • On Mac: Eclipse > Preferences…
    • On Windows: Window > Preferences
  • From the side panel select Java > Installed JREs and make sure the selected JRE points at the installed JDK 8
  • Then go to the sub-menu Java > Installed JREs > Execution Environments and mark this JDK as compatible with JavaSE-1.8
  • Close the preferences clicking on OK
  • Right-click on your project and select Maven > Update Project…

If the problem is still there, you need to update the Eclipse launch configuration:

  • Close Eclipse
  • Open your Eclipse installation directory
  • Locate and open the file eclipse.ini
  • Add the -vm option before the -vmargs option specifying the path to your JDK, for instance:
    C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_92\bin
  • Open Eclipse
  • Right-click on your project and select Maven > Update Project…