Java provides the cross-platform environment in which Orbeon Forms runs.
If you don't have Java installed yet, download it from https://www.oracle.com/java/technologies/javase-downloads.html.
Tomcat is the container application into which Orbeon Forms deploys. Follow these steps to download and install Tomcat if you don't have it installed yet:
Install Tomcat as per the instructions. If you downloaded the installer version (Windows only), run the installer. If you downloaded a compressed archive, uncompress it to the location of your choice. We call the install location
TOMCAT_HOME (on windows, this could be
c:/Program Files/Apache/Tomcat, on a Unix system,
Check that your Tomcat installation is working correctly:
Run the Tomcat startup script under
startup.bat depending on your platform), or start Tomcat with the control application (Windows only).
Open a web browser and access the following URL:
You should see the Tomcat welcome page.
NOTE: We recommend using Tomcat for this tutorial, but Orbeon Forms can deploy into containers other than Tomcat.
Follow these steps to download and install Orbeon Forms:
Download Orbeon Forms.
Uncompress the archive into a directory of your choice. We call that directory
ORBEON_FORMS_HOME, you find a file called
orbeon.war. This is the file to deploy into Tomcat. To do so, just copy it under
TOMCAT_HOME/webapps (alternatively, if you know what you are doing, you can uncompress it at a location of your choice and configure a context in
webapps directory is already present after you have installed Tomcat.
Make sure you restart Tomcat (run the shutdown script under
TOMCAT_HOME/bin, and then the startup script again). Then open up with a web browser the following URL:
You should see the Orbeon Forms welcome page: