Amdatu Bootstrap

Amdatu Bootstrap is the easiest way to get started with OSGi development and Bndtools. It is a command line tool that helps you to setup Bndtools projects. Instead of Googling and copy-pasting your way to a new project, this tool sets up projects interactively.

Some of the things Amdatu Bootstrap can do:

  • Add dependencies for often used libraries
  • Setup run configuration for often used libraries
  • Create template files to supercharge development
  • Manage versions in your workspace
  • Create your own plugins


Unzip the binary release or build it yourself and run java -jar bootstrap.jar. Make sure to have a recent version of Java 8 installed!


The source code can be built on the command line using Gradle, or by using Bndtools in Eclipse. Tests can be ran from command line using Gradle as well, or by using JUnit in Eclipse. The Gradle build requires a recent JDK (at least 8u25) and NPM to be installed.

gradlew build export run will build a binary in the 'release' folder that can be started with java -jar bootstrap.jar.

Eclipse using Bndtools

When Bndtools is correctly installed in Eclipse, import all subprojects into the workspace using Import -> Existing Projects into Workspace from the Eclipse context menu. Ensure project -> Build Automatically is checked in the top menu, and when no (compilation) errors are present, each subproject's bundles should be available in their generated folder.


Eclipse using Bndtools

Unit tests can be ran per project or per class, using JUnit in Eclipse. Unit tests are ran by right clicking a project which contains a non-empty test folder or a test class and choosing Run As -> JUnit Test.

Integration tests can be ran in a similar way; right click an integration test project (commonly suffixed by .itest), but select Run As -> Bnd OSGi Test Launcher (JUnit) instead.


Unit tests are ran by invoking ./gradlew test from the root of the project.

Integration tests can be ran by running a full build, this is done by invoking ./gradlew build from the root of the project. More info on available Gradle tasks can be found by invoking ./gradlew tasks.

Gradle license plugin

This project contains a Gradle license plugin which checks if all source files contain the correct license. It does so automatically when running a Gradle build from the commandline. This plugin can also be used to add missing headers to source files by running ./gradlew licenseFormat from the root of the project. Please not though: when a different header is already present in a source file, the correct header as defined in the etc folder will be prefixed to the file with the already existing header, resulting in two headers! Please keep this in mind, and verify the output before committing after running this task.


The Amdatu Web project is licensed under Apache License 2.0.