Apache Tapestry - Installation

In this chapter, we will discuss how to install Tapestry on our machine.


Tapestry's only dependency is Core Java. Tapestry is developed independently without using any third party library / framework. Even the IoC library used by tapestry is developed from the scratch. Web application written in tapestry can be built and deployed from console itself.

We can use Maven, Eclipse and Jetty to improve the development experience. Maven provides quick start application templates and options to host application in Jetty, Java's de-facto development server. Eclipse provides extensive project management features and integrates well with maven.

An ideal tapestry application development needs the following −

  • Java 1.6 or later
  • Apache Maven
  • Eclipse IDE
  • Jetty Server

Verify Maven Installation

Hopefully, you have installed Maven on your machine. To verify the Maven installation, type the command given below −

mvn --version

You could see the response as shown below −

Apache Maven 3.3.9 (bb52d8502b132ec0a5a3f4c09453c07478323dc5; 2015-1110T22:11:47+05:30) 
Maven home: /Users/workspace/maven/apache-maven-3.3.9 
Java version: 1.8.0_92, vendor: Oracle Corporation 
Java home: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_92.jdk/Contents/Home/jre 
Default locale: en_US, platform encoding: UTF-8 
OS name: "mac os x", version: "10.11.4", arch: "x86_64", family: "mac"

If Maven is not installed, then download and install the latest version of maven by visiting the Maven website.

Download Tapestry

The latest version of tapestry is 5.4 and can be downloaded from the Tapestry website. It is enough to download the binary package. If we use the Maven Quick Start Template, then it is not necessary to download Tapestry separately. Maven automatically downloads the necessary Tapestry Jars and configures the application. We will discuss how to create a basic Tapestry Application using Maven in the next chapter.