Install Renew 2.6
Using Renew requires a Java 11 (or higher) runtime environment (JRE) or development kit (JDK).
You can get it from Oracle
or from Adoptium. For the installation
of Java we refer you to the instructions there.
The quickest way to using Renew is to download the base package
renew2.6base.zip, unzip it and move to the resulting
renew2.6. Here, you just have to issue the
following command line:
java -jar loader.jar gui
Install the base package
After you downloaded the base package
renew2.6base.zip you will
first need to unzip it somewhere on your machine.
renew2.6 will be created in the current directory.
Documentation files are placed in the subdirectory
renew2.6/samples contains example nets.
The functionality of Renew has been decomposed into several
plugins which reside as
jar files in the subdirectory
renew2.6/plugins. This is also the place where
you can add extra plugins.
The base package contains install scripts for Unix, Win and Mac systems.
These are located under
renew2.6/bin/YOUR_OS depending on your
They generate a start script for Renew which sets the classpath and the
netpath (see the user guide for more on this).
- Download the base package
- Unzip it, navigate to the created
- Navigate to
renew2.6/bin/YOUR_OS/ and run the install
installrenew for your operating system
- To start renew now run the script
The disk image (DMG) offers several advantages over the zip archive.
The AppleUI Plugin is already installed and the Application will
automatically register Renew file types for convenient handling,
adapted icons and more.
If you want to use the provided scripts (i.e. to make and compile stubs)
you can still run the installrenew script, which is located
in the folder
Reference Net Workshop/Contents/Java/bin/unix.
Just follow the instructions above.
If you prefer to run Renew by clicking on an executable this is also
possible. Just add the following line to the file renew.properties in
the config folder (or in your home directory in .renew.properties) and
double-click on the
Install the Source package
Building Renew from source requires a Java compiler (javac, part of the JDK)
and additional libraries which are not included in the distribution.
- the Apache Ant build tool,
- the unit testing package JUnit (optional),
- the parser generator JavaCC,
- the rest reporting package Cobertura (optional)
- Eclipse is used as code formatter (optional)
See the file
renew2.6/src/README for information on the used version
of the above libraries.
The build process is specified in the file
build.xml and managed by
ant. You will first need to tell ant where the required libraries are located.
In the source folder run
ant init. This generates the configuration
ant/local.properties which you need to adapt to your needs.
Set the properties
to point to the locations, where you installed them.
After configuring your local properties you can run
ant dist in
the source folder. If the build is successful this will generate the folders
The loader.jar is located in the dist folder, plugins contains the plugins
in jar format.
Now you can start Renew like described in the quick start section.