AWIPS Development Environment (ADE)

Quick instructions on how to download the latest source code and run CAVE from Eclipse.

Note: It is important to keep in mind these instructions are intended for a system that is specifically used for developing AWIPS. It should not be used in conjunction with installed production versions of AWIPS.

1. Remove AWIPS Instances

First, make sure to remove any instances of AWIPS that are already installed, this can potentially cause problems when setting up the development environment. Below is an example that had CAVE installed.

Uninstall with yum:

yum clean all
yum groupremove awips2-cave

Check to make sure all rpms have been removed:

rpm -qa | grep awips2

Remove the awips2 directory:

rm -rf /awips2

2. Set Up AWIPS Repo

Create a repo file named /etc/yum.repos.d/awips2.repo, and set the contents to the following:

name=AWIPS II Repository

Note: This file may already exist if AWIPS had been previously installed on the machine, so make sure to edit the baseurl.

3. Install the ADE

Install the AWIPS Development Environment (ADE) using yum. This will install Eclipse (4.6.1), Java (1.8), Ant (1.9.6), Python 2.7 and its modules (Numpy, Matplotlib, Shapely, Jep, and others).

yum clean all
yum groupinstall awips2-ade

4. Download the Source Code

If it's not already installed, install git:

yum install git

Next clone all of the required repositories for AWIPS:

git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-core.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-core-foss.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-foss.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-ncep.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-nws.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-gsd.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-drawing.git
git clone https://github.com/Unidata/awips2-cimss.git

5. Set Up Eclipse

Open eclipse by running: /awips2/eclipse/eclipse.sh

Verify or make the following changes to set up eclipse for AWIPS development:

  • Preferences > Java

    Set to /awips2/java

  • Preferences > PyDev > Python Interpreter

    Set to /awips2/python/bin/python

  • There might be some unresolved errors. These should be made to warnings instead.

    Preferences > Java > Compiler > Building > Circular Dependencies > Change to Warning Preferences > Plug-in Development > API Baselines > Missing API Baseline > Change to Warning

  • Turn off automatic building (you will turn this back on after importing the repos)

    Project > Uncheck "Build Automatically"

  • File > Import > General > Existing Projects Into Workspace

    Import all of the git cloned project folders EXCEPT for the main (first) github.com/Unidata/awips2.git directory (which should be ~/awips2).
    Select awips2-core, awips2-core-foss, awips2-foss, awips2-ncep, etc. > Select All Projects > Finish

    You'll want to import ~/awips2 in two parts to ensure a clean and error-free Eclipse build:

    1. Import awips2/cave > Select All Projects > Finish
    2. Import awips2/edexOsgi > Select All Projects > Finish
  • Project > Clean

    Clean the build and ensure no errors are reported.

  • Turn automatic building back on

    Project > Check "Build Automatically"

6. Run CAVE

Launch CAVE from eclipse using com.raytheon.viz.product.awips/developer.product.

Double-click the developer.product file to open the Product View in Eclipse. Select Overview > Synchronize and then right-click the file in the left-side package explorer:

Select Run As > Eclipse Application to launch CAVE in the development environment.

Select Debug > Eclipse Application to launch CAVE in in debug mode.


  • If you are getting a lot of errors, try changing your Java Compiler to 1.7, build the project, then change back to 1.8 and rebuild.