Orion/How Tos/Install Orion on Localhost
This page explains how to download, install, and run Orion on your local machine.
- Download Orion for your platform from the download page. Choose the most recent Stable Build.
- 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
- 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"?). You also need a modern HTML5-capable browser. We recommend Firefox 7 or greater, Chrome 12 or greater, or Internet Explorer 9 or greater.
- Launch the Orion server:
- Now the server is running on port 8080. (If you want it to use a different port, change the setting in the orion.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.)
- Point your web browser to http://localhost:8080/.
- You'll be directed to the Orion login screen:
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
- Go to the server console window that opened when you launched the server.
closeand press Enter.
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.
- Configure the allowed local paths the Orion server can access. See the Server administration guide for details on how to configure what directories are available to the Orion server.
- Log in and click the "Link Folder" button on the toolbar.
- 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).
- Click OK.
- You should now be able to browse and edit the contents of the folder from the Orion UI.