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Apache Flex BlazeDS
Apache Flex SDK is an application development framework for easily building
Flash-based applications for mobile devices, web browsers, and desktops.
Apache Flex BlazeDS is the server-based Java remoting and web messaging
technology that enables developers to easily connect to back-end distributed
data and push data in real-time to Adobe® Flex® and Adobe AIR applications
for more responsive rich Internet application (RIA) experiences.
Apache Flex BlazeDS 4.8.0 is an update to the initial release of BlazeDS
from the Apache Software Foundation. Prior to this, releases were provided
by Adobe Systems Inc. It is compatible with most code written to target Adobe
Flex 4.6.
For detailed information about Apache Flex please visit
Getting the latest sources via Git
Getting the source code is the recommended way to get Apache Flex BlazeDS.
You can always checkout the latest source via git using the following
git clone blazeds
cd blazeds
git checkout develop
For further information visit
Building Apache Flex BlazeDS 4.8.0
Apache Flex BlazeDS is a large project. It requires some build tools which must be
installed prior to building BlazeDS and it depends on some external software
which are downloaded as part of the build process. Some of these have
different licenses. See the Software Dependencies section for more
information on the external software dependencies.
From Apache's perspective, the Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR have
excluded licenses so they can not be bundled with the Apache Flex binaries.
They must be installed prior to building Apache Flex.
Linux support is currently experimental and while it is possible to compile
BlazeDS it has not been fully tested so you may run into issues.
Install Prerequisites
Before building the Apache Flex BlazeDS you must install the following software
and set the corresponding environment variables using absolute file paths.
Relative file paths will result in build errors.
Java SDK 1.8 or greater (*1) JAVA_HOME
Maven 2.2.0 or greater (*1) MAVEN_HOME
*1) The bin directories for MAVEN_HOME and JAVA_HOME should be added to your
On Windows, set PATH to
On the Mac (bash), set PATH to
export PATH="$PATH:$MAVEN_HOME/bin:$JAVA_HOME/bin"
On Linux make sure you path include MAVEN_HOME and JAVA_HOME.
Software Dependencies
Apache BlazeDS uses a variety of third party libraries. A detailed summary
of all of these dependencies is listed in the releases DEPENDENCIES file.
Using the Binary Distribution
Binary artifacts of Apache BlazeDS are available on Apache's public Maven
By adding a Dependency to the following Maven artifact the binary
version of Apache BlazeDS will automatically be downloaded.
Building the Source
When you have all the prerequisites in place and the environment variables
set (see Install Prerequisites above), use
cd <flex-blazeds.dir>
mvn install
To build a binary distribution, use the with-distribution profile.
mvn install -P with-distribution
Running Tests
The testsuite is automatically executed during a normal maven build.
Thanks for using Apache Flex BlazeDS. Enjoy!
The Apache Flex Project