Basic User Setup

A brief overview for a basic development setup for SOMns.

Minimal Software Requirements

SOMns works on Java 8 or later, uses Ant as a build system, git as source control system, and Python for a launcher script.

We test SOMns on Linux and macOS. Windows is not currently supported.

On Ubuntu, the following instructions will install the necessary dependencies, in this case JDK 11:

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk git ant

On macOS, the relevant dependencies can be installed, for instance with Homebrew:

brew tap caskroom/versions
brew cask install java
brew install ant

MacPorts or other Linux package manager should allow the installation of dependencies with similar instructions.

In addition to the above dependencies, the Oracle Labs JDK 8 has to be installed.

Getting the Code and Running Hello World

After the dependencies are installed, the code can be checked out with:

git clone

Then, SOMns can be built with Ant:

cd SOMns
ant compile  ## will also download dependencies

Afterwards, the simple Hello World program is executed with:

./som core-lib/Hello.ns