Install the Atlassian SDK on a Windows System

Before we dive into creating a plugin, you'll need to configure a local development environment so you can use the Atlassian SDK.  

Note: these instructions are for Windows 10.

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Linux and Mac users should see Install the Atlassian SDK on a Linux or Mac system

Step1. Set JAVA_HOME and update Path variables

The JAVA_HOME environment variable specifies the location of the JDK on your system. For Windows users, the default directory is C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.x_y , where x_y is the Java JDK 8 version you have installed

To set these environment variables:

  1. Browse to the C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.x_y folder on your system and copy the path to the folder.
  2. Open Control Panel System>Advanced System Settings.
  3. On the Advanced tab click Environment Variables.
  4. Locate the System variables section and click New.
  5. Enter JAVA_HOME in the Variable name field and paste the folder path you copied into the Variable value field.
  6. Click OK to close the dialog.
  7. Click on Path variable in the System variables  section and click Edit
  8. Click New and type %JAVA_HOME%\bin in the available space.
  9. Close all dialog windows.
  10. Open a new  Command Prompt window, and run the following command:

    C:\Users\manthony>javac -version
    javac 1.8.0_91

     verify that your output is similar to what appears above.

Step 2. Install the SDK

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  1. Download the latest version of the SDK 
  2. Locate the downloaded file and double-click to launch the installer
  3. Follow the prompts to install the SDK

Step 3. Verify the SDK is installed

Open a  Command Prompt window, and run the following command:


You should see something similar to:

ATLAS Version:    6.2.9
ATLAS Home:       C:\Applications\Atlassian\atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.2.9
ATLAS Scripts:    C:\Applications\Atlassian\atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.2.9\bin
ATLAS Maven Home: C:\Applications\Atlassian\atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.2.9\apache-maven-3.2.1
AMPS Version:     6.2.6
Executing: "C:\Applications\Atlassian\atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.2.9\apache-maven-3.2.1\bin\mvn.bat" --version -gs C:\Applications\Atlassian\atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.2.9\apache-maven-3.2.1/conf/settings.xml
Apache Maven 3.2.1 (ea8b2b07643dbb1b84b6d16e1f08391b666bc1e9; 2014-02-15T04:37:52+10:00)
Maven home: C:\Applications\Atlassian\atlassian-plugin-sdk-6.2.9\apache-maven-3.2.1\bin\..
Java version: 1.8.0_91, vendor: Oracle Corporation
Java home: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_91\jre
Default locale: en_AU, platform encoding: Cp1252
OS name: "windows 10", version: "10.0", arch: "amd64", family: "dos"

Note that you are running the version of Maven that comes with the SDK

Next step

You now have a local development environment configured for the Atlassian SDK and you're ready to build your first plugin!

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