NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 Installation Instructions

The following instructions are for installation of the NetBeans IDE 5.5.1.


For installation information about NetBeans Add-on packs, see:

Note: If you want to use SOA and BPEL functionality in Enterprise Pack, please use NetBeans IDE 5.5 with NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.5. We do not expect to publish any further updates to NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.x. All our development efforts are now focused on NetBeans 6.0 with SOA.


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Note: For system requirements and other information, such as launching the IDE with different startup parameters, see the Release Notes.


NetBeans IDE Installation

Following are instructions for installing the standalone NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 on each of the supported platforms.

Windows

On Microsoft Windows machines, the preferred method of installing NetBeans IDE is using the self-extracting installer.

To install the NetBeans IDE:

  1. Once you have downloaded the installer file, double-click the installer's icon to launch the installer.

  2. In the install wizard, respond to the License Agreement, then click Next.

  3. Specify an empty directory within which to install NetBeans IDE.

    Note: This NetBeans IDE will not disrupt the settings of your other NetBeans installations because the IDE automatically creates a new user directory when launched (${HOME}/.netbeans/5.5.1).


  4. Choose the JDK you want the IDE to use from the list of suitable choices in the list, then click Next.

  5. Verify that the installation location is correct and that you have adequate space on your system for the installation.

  6. Click Next to begin the installation.

Note: If you encounter problems successfully completing the software installation, see the Troubleshooting section below for full descriptions and suggested workarounds for unresolved issues that could affect the installation process.


Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS)

On machines running Solaris operating system, the binary installer is the preferred method for installing NetBeans IDE.

To install the NetBeans IDE:

  1. Navigate to the directory that contains the installer.

  2. If necessary, change the installer file's permissions to make the binary executable by typing from a command prompt:
    $ chmod +x your_binary_executable

    Note: Be sure to replace your_binary_executable with the actual filename of the binary that you downloaded.


  3. Launch the installer by typing from a command prompt:
    $ ./your_binary_executable

    Note: Again, be sure to replace your_binary_executable with the actual filename of the binary that you downloaded.


  4. In the install wizard, respond to the License Agreement, then click Next.

  5. Specify an empty directory within which to install NetBeans IDE, then click Next.

  6. Choose the JDK you want the IDE to use from the list of suitable choices in the list, then click Next.

    The installer searches for JDKs installed on your system and prompts you to specify which one it should use. You can also specify which JDK the IDE should use from the command line. For example:

    $ ./your_binary_executable -is:javahome path_to_your_jdk

  7. Verify that the installation location is correct and that you have adequate space on your system for the installation.

  8. Click Next to begin the installation.

Note: If you encounter problems successfully completing the software installation, see the Troubleshooting section below for full descriptions and suggested workarounds for unresolved issues that could affect the installation process.


Linux

On Linux machines, the binary installer is the preferred method for installing NetBeans IDE.

To install the NetBeans IDE:

  1. Navigate to the directory that contains the installer.

  2. If necessary, change the installer file's permissions to make the binary executable by typing from a command prompt:
    $ chmod +x your_binary_executable

    Note: Be sure to replace your_binary_executable with the actual filename of the binary that you downloaded.


  3. Launch the installer by typing from a command prompt:
    $ ./your_binary_executable

    Note: Again, be sure to replace your_binary_executable
    with the actual filename of the binary that you downloaded.


  4. In the install wizard, respond to the License Agreement, then click Next.

  5. Specify an empty directory within which to install NetBeans IDE, then click Next.

  6. Choose the JDK you want the IDE to use from the list of suitable choices in the list, then click Next.

    The installer searches for JDKs installed on your system and prompts you to specify which one it should use. You can also specify which JDK the IDE should use from the command line. For example:

    $ ./your_binary_executable -is:javahome path_to_your_jdk

  7. Verify that the installation location is correct and that you have adequate space on your system for the installation.

  8. Click Next to begin the installation.

Note: If you encounter problems successfully completing the software installation, see the Troubleshooting section below for full descriptions and suggested workarounds for unresolved issues that could affect the installation process.


Macintosh OS X

On Macintosh OS X, NetBeans is packaged as a native application bundle. The preferred method of installing NetBeans IDE is using the tarball (.tar.gz) file.

To install the NetBeans IDE:

  1. Download the tarball to the desired location on your system.

  2. Double-click the file to unpack the contents on your system.

Note: If you encounter problems successfully completing the software installation, see the Troubleshooting section below for full descriptions and suggested workarounds for unresolved issues that could affect the installation process.


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Launching the IDE

Following are instructions for starting the NetBeans IDE. If you are using an operating system for which there is no installer you can still use NetBeans IDE by downloading and installing archive distributions. For more information, see the Archive Distributions section below.

Windows

To start the IDE on Microsoft Windows machines, do one of the following:

  • Double-click the NetBeans IDE icon on your desktop.

  • From the Start menu, select NetBeans IDE 5.5.1  > NetBeans IDE.

Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS)

To start the NetBeans IDE on Solaris systems:

  1. Navigate to the bin subdirectory of your installation.

  2. Execute the launcher script by typing ./netbeans.

Linux

To start the NetBeans IDE on Linux systems:

  1. Navigate to the bin subdirectory of your installation.

  2. Execute the launcher script by typing ./netbeans.

Macintosh OS X

To start the NetBeans IDE on Mac OS X systems:

  1. Navigate to the directory of your installation.

  2. Double-click the NetBeans IDE application icon.

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Archive Distributions

If you are using an operating system for which there is no installer you can still use NetBeans IDE by downloading and installing archive distributions. You can also install archive distributions of the IDE if you want to test development builds.

To install archive NetBeans IDE distributions:

  1. Navigate to the directory that contains the archive file.

  2. Unpack the archive using the appropriate utilities for your system.

To launch archive NetBeans IDE distributions:

  1. Navigate to the bin subdirectory of your NetBeans IDE installation.

  2. Execute the appropriate launcher for your system.

The following launchers are included in the archive distributions:

  • netbeans.exe - Windows
  • nb.exe - Windows (from within a console window)
  • netbeans - UNIX, Linux
  • NetBeans - Mac OS X
  • netbeans.cmd - OS/2

If there is no specific launcher for your operating system, you may need to create one by modifying the appropriate script. If your machine supports JDK 1.5.0 or greater you should, however, be able to run the IDE.

Note: If you create a launcher, you can contribute it to the NetBeans project. For more information, see Contributing to netbeans.org.


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Uninstalling NetBeans IDE

If necessary, you can uninstall the NetBeans IDE using the following procedures.

Uninstalling the NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 from Windows

To uninstall NetBeans IDE:

  1. From your system's Start menu, choose Control Panel.

  2. Double-click the Add or Remove Programs icon.

  3. Select NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 from the list and click Remove.

Uninstalling the NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 from Solaris (SPARC and x86 Platform Editions)

To uninstall NetBeans IDE:

  1. Navigate to the _uninst subdirectory of your NetBeans IDE installation directory.

  2. Type ./uninstaller to run the InstallShield uninstaller.

Uninstalling the NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 from Linux

To uninstall NetBeans IDE:

  1. Navigate to the _uninst subdirectory of your NetBeans IDE installation directory.

  2. In a terminal window, type ./uninstaller to run the InstallShield uninstaller.

Uninstalling the NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 from Macintosh OS X

To uninstall NetBeans IDE:

  1. Navigate to the installation location of the NetBeans IDE. By default, NetBeans is installed in the Applications directory.

  2. Right-click the NetBeans icon and choose Move to Trash from the pop-up menu.

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Troubleshooting

If you experience problems installing or running the software, see the list of issues below for workarounds. For a complete list of known issues, system requirements and other useful information, see the Release Notes.

Following are the unresolved issues for this release that could affect or disrupt the installation process:

  • Issue #26965

    Description:

    When using JDK installations that include an incompatible version of sax.jar, the IDE installer crashes with the following message: "The wizard cannot continue because of the following error: could not load wizard specified in /wizard.inf (104)"

    Workaround:

    Temporarily remove jre/lib/endorsed/sax.jar from the JDK directory during IDE installation.


  • Issue #65482 (Linux only)

    Description:

    Unable to install NetBeans on some Mandrake/Mandriva Linux distributions. During initialization, the installer displays the following message:

    Initializing InstallShield Wizard........
    ./netbeans-5_0-bin-linux.bin: line 189: bc: command not found
    ./netbeans-5_0-bin-linux.bin: line 404: [: : integer expression expected

    Workaround:

    NetBeans installer uses GNU's bc utility, which doesn't seem to install by default in Mandriva. If you experience this problem, install GNU's bc utility manually prior to installing NetBeans. If you have an active Internet connection, you can run urpmi bc from the command line to accomplish this. Note that it is also possible to download the appropriate RPM and install using the rpm -i <bc_package>.rpm command.


  • Issue #67530

    Description:

    After starting the installer, you get a message that says "Welcome to the Install Wizard for ERROR: null". This could be caused by running multiple installers simultaneously or by running the installer after another installer that has failed to exit.

    Workaround:

    Delete the contents of the \InstallShield\Universal\Common directory and then restart the installer.

    On Windows systems, this directory is located at C:\Program Files\Common files\InstallShield\Universal\Common.

    On Solaris and Linux systems, this directory is located at /$HOME/InstallShield/Universal/Common.

  • Issue #52012 (only Turkish locale on Windows XP systems)

    Description:

    For systems set to use the Turkish locale, the installer does not successfully finish.

    Workaround:

    Cancel the installer. On your system, switch to the English (United States) locale and then restart the installer.

    On Windows XP systems, you can switch locales on your system by choosing Start | Control Panel and double-clicking Regional and Language Options. Then select the locale from the drop-down list in the Standards and Formats section of the dialog box.


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More Information

You can find news, articles, additional modules, and other useful information on the NetBeans project web site. Since NetBeans is an open-source project, the web site also provides access to source code, a bug database, information on creating your own NetBeans modules, and much more.

For more information, visit https://netbeans.org/.

You can keep up to date on NetBeans IDE and interact with the NetBeans community by signing up for NetBeans project mailing lists at https://netbeans.org/community/lists/.

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