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Orion/How Tos/Install Orion on Localhost

This page explains how to download, install, and run Orion on your local machine.

Downloading Orion

  1. Download Orion for your platform from the download page. Choose the most recent Stable Build.
  2. Unzip the zip file to a folder on your computer.
    Note: Be sure to choose a folder that you have write access to.

Starting the server

  1. Make sure you have Java installed - the server is implemented in Java and requires Java SE 6. (Does 'java -version' print something like: java version "1.6.0_22"?)
  2. Launch the Orion server:
    • Linux: Run eclipse/eclipse.
    • Mac OS X: Double-click eclipse/eclipse.
    • Windows: Double-click eclipse\eclipse.exe.

      Once you launch the Orion server, the server console should start.

      Orion Console.png
  3. Now the server is running on port 8080. (If you want it to use a different port, change the setting in the eclipse.ini file. On Mac OS X, you will have to right-click on eclipse/eclipse and select "Show Package Contents", then navigate into Contents/MacOS.)
  4. Point your web browser to http://localhost:8080/.
  5. You'll be directed to the Orion login screen:
    Orion Create Account.png
    From here you can create a new account for yourself on your local Orion server, or connect Orion to an existing Google, Yahoo, AOL or myOpenID account instead.

Stopping the server

  1. Go to the server console window that opened when you launched the server.
  2. Type close and press Enter.


Using Orion

Getting started

After you've got Orion installed and running, read Getting started with Orion for a brief tour of the user interface and basic features.

Linking to existing content

You can try out Orion's text editing features by editing existing files on your computer. Here's how:

  1. Open the eclipse\eclipse.ini file in a text editor.
  2. In the -vmargs section, add a line similar to this:
    • -Dorg.eclipse.orion.server.core.allowedPathPrefixes=C:\Users\myusername\Documents\Code,C:\Myprojects\OrionFiles

      This sets the JVM system property org.eclipse.orion.server.core.allowedPathPrefixes, which tells the Orion server what local paths may be accessed by web users. Its value is a comma-separated list of absolute paths. (Remember that any Orion user who logs into your server will have this access, so don't point it to something sensitive.)

      Note that this property was named differently in Orion M4. If you are running M4, you'll need to use -Dorg.eclipse.e4.webide.server.allowedPathPrefixes=some_path instead.

  3. Log in and click the "Link Folder" or "Link Project" button on the toolbar.
  4. Type in a name for the link, and in the Server path: field, enter the path to the folder you want to link to (it must be a subdirectory of one of the paths you supplied in Step 2).
  5. Click OK.
  6. You should now be able to browse and edit the contents of the folder from the Orion UI.