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Swordfish Documentation: Running Target Platform Outside An IDE

Running Swordfish Target Platform outside an Eclipse IDE

This section contains instructions on running Swordfish Target Platform outside an Eclipse IDE.
The whole process consists of three steps: preparing a target platform, customizing platform properties and launching platform. More detailed information for each step is provided below.


Eclipse Galileo (Eclipse 3.5) build or later. The examples described here are based on Eclipse 3.5.

Preparing the Target Platform

The target platform is one of the artifacts produced by the Swordfish Headless Build.
To build a platform you have to set up the Headless Build and run it by executing the ant command from the build directory (
After the build is successful, the prepared target platform can be found in directory.

Customizing Target Platform Properties

By default, Swordfish target platform is launched with predefined set of properties. These properties include Equinox runtime properties (e.g. set of bundles contained in a target platform, packages exported by a framework system bundle, etc.) and Swordfish specific ones (e.g. Swordfish registry URL or JMX server port).
All properties are defined in the file config.ini in the directory target/platform/configuration (A template with default values can be found here: config.ini).

NOTE: This page does not contain detailed description of all properties listed in target platform configuration. For additional information, see Equinox runtime properties and Running Swordfish Target Platform.

Default settings can be changed in certain scenarios, like to specify a different set of bundles or different ports to be used.

To run user defined services inside Swordfish Target Platform, it is necessary to modify the file config.ini and add these services to list of bundles included into the target platform. For example if a service provider bundle has the symbolic name swordfish.test.service then the list of bundles should contain this name as shown next:

#List of bundles the target platform consists of

Also for every target platform it is possible to configure ports for HTTP server running Swordfish registry, JMX server, location of registry artifacts or registry URL. The following entries can be changed according to the requirement:

#Port the ServiceMix's JMX server runs on.

#Whether Equinox's HTTP server is enabled, default is true

#Port the Swordfish registry runs on

#Directory containing all Swordfish registry artifacts (WSDL's etc.)

#Swordfish registry URL

NOTE: When running multiple platforms on the same machine it is necessary to set different ports for HTTP and JMX servers in every platform.

Running Target Platform

To run Swordfish Target Platform:

  • Switch to the target platform directory (
  • Depending on your operating system start the platform by running corresponding launch script (launch.bat for Windows, for MacOS/Linux).
  • Verify that the platform has started successfully. To do this check the status of bundles included into the platform by typing ss command in the console window.
    In case of successfull start all bundles must be in ACTIVE state except few fragment bundles (org.eclipse.swordfish.compatibility.wsdl4j, etc.) which must be in RESOLVED state.
    Swordfish Target Platform state

NOTE: To provide the same behavior as target platform started inside Eclipse IDE, all launchers specify osgi.compatibility.bootdelegation system property set to true.
Use of this property enables delegation to parent (boot) classloader by default if class can not be found, hence provides successful resolving of all packages visible for parent class loader (javax.*, org.w3c.*, etc.) regardless if their imports are present in bundle manifest. For more information regarding Eclipse boot delegation and usage of osgi.compatibility.bootdelegation property please refer to: Equinox boot delegation, Bug 178477

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