Jetspeed For Developers

When developing with Jetspeed, you may be creating portlet applications, or building and creating extensions to the Jetspeed portal. If you ar going to be creating portlet applications, check out this fine e-book for an overall guide to writing portlets:

Custom Building with Ant and Eclipse

If you have never used Maven before, the easiest build option for you may be to build with the Ant-Eclipse Build. This build allows you to build a custom portal with Ant. We also provide a custom installer builder. For your portlet applications, we provide Eclipse WTP support. Although the actual programming tutorial is incomplete, the tutorial describing building with Ant and Eclipse is completed. For version 2.1.3, this is the recommended quickest build for getting custom projects up and running in no time.

  • Jetspeed Tutorial - Building a Custom Portal with Ant and Eclipse
  • Custom Building with Maven Plugins

    Jetspeed 2.1 can be built with either Maven-1 or Maven-2. You can actually build your own portal without the Jetspeed source. You will want to customize your Jetspeed build, overriding the skins and themes, adding your own portlet applications and perhaps overriding key components of the portal. To do so, we provide three custom build frameworks: one with Maven-1, the second with Maven-2, the third and newest with Ant and Eclipse. With the custom build, you can easily build and create your own Jetspeed powered portal without ever building Jetspeed itself.

    Many developers still prefer Maven-1. If you are new to Maven, then maybe its best to go with the new version (2).

    Maven-2 Custom build

    Maven-1 Custom build (deprecated)

    Future Directions: Jetspeed 2.2

    With the next major release version 2.2, the current Maven2 build will be deprecated, and replaced with a new Maven2 build. The Maven1 build will be completely dropped.

    Building from Source

    If you need to build the source, here are the guides:

    Jetspeed is built from the command line with Maven. However, you can still develop, compile, debug, remote debug, all from within Eclipse. Eclipse is a good tool for developing portlet applications as well as Jetspeed extensions.

    To get the binary installation of an official Jetspeed release, go here:

    You can checkout from the SVN HEAD from here:

    Get your Javadocs here: