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Equinox Spring Integration

Discussion of integrating Spring with OSGi are going on in the Spring-OSGi mailing list.

The following are steps to getting started with integrating Spring with the Equinox OSGi implementation. These directions assume you already have access to the Spring-OSGi Subversion repository. If you don't have access, stay tuned for details on when the repository will be made public.


  • Download Maven 2
  • Install Maven 2 according to provided instructions in README.txt
  • Install the Subversion Plug-in for Eclipse
  • Create your Eclipse workspace, and associate it with Maven by running "mvn -Declipse.workspace=<path-to-eclipse-workspace> eclipse:add-maven-repo"


  • Checkout Spring from the Spring CVS repository: :pserver:anonymous@springframework.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/springframework
  • Within Eclipse, run the build.xml in the project root directory with target "mvn.install.jars"; This will put the Spring JARs in your local Maven repository


  • Checkout Spring-OSGi from Subversion
  • Populate your local maven repository with the OSGi frameworks: Execute the /spring-osgi/add-frameworks.xml ant script; if you run this from within Eclipse you may need to add the maven/bin directory to your path in the Ant launch configuration dialog.
  • Run the maven command "mvn clean install" from the project root to compile and deploy this as an OSGi bundle in your local maven repository.

Running the spell checking example:

  • Run "mvn install" from the spring-osgi/samples/spell-checker directory.
  • You can now either hack the file spring-osgi/samples/spell-checker/run/config.ini to fix the paths to your local maven repository, and run with the provided build.xml script, or ...
  • Copy the bundles listed in config.ini into some directory on your local disk (c:\spring-osgi\plugins); The util-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar and apache-commons-1.0.jar won't be found, but they don't seem to be needed for anything
  • Change the Plugin Development target platform to be this directory (c:\spring-osgi)
  • Create an OSGi Framework launch configuration
  • Set the start level of each bundle so that they are started in this order:
    • common-lib-1.0.jar
    • spring-core-2.1.jar
    • spring-aop-2.1.jar
    • spring-beans-2.1.jar
    • spring-context-2.1.jar
    • spring-osgi-2.1.jar
    • dictionary-service-1.0.jar
    • spellcheck-service-1.0.jar
  • Finally, run the launch configuration. From the console, manually increment the start level until all bundles are active