Equinox Spring Integration

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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"; You will need to set the JAVA_HOME environment variable, and ensure Maven is on your PATH (on the Environment tab of the Ant launch configuration). This Ant script 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.
  • On the command line, cd to the root of the spring-osgi project in your workspace. Run the maven command "mvn clean install" 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