ANNIS uses Maven3 as build tool. Maven itself is based on Java and should run on every major operating system. You have to download and install the appropriate version for your operating system from http://maven.apache.org/download.html before you can build ANNIS. Maven will download all needed dependencies from central servers on the first build so you will need to have a working internet connection. The dependencies are cached locally once their are downloaded.
When you have downloaded or checked out the source of ANNIS the top-level directory of the source code is the parent project for all ANNIS sub-projects. If you want to build every project that is part of ANNIS just execute
cd <annis-sources>/ mvn install
This might take a while on the first execution.
mvn clean will remove all compiled
code if necessary.
If you only want to compile a sub-project execute
mvn install in the
corresponding sub-directory. Every folder with a sub-project will have a pom.xml
file. These files configure the whole build process. The Maven documenation
contains detailed explanations of the structure and possible content of the
Some sub-projects don't provide a library but will produce a zip or tar/gz-
file when they are compiled. These assembly steps (see Maven Assembly documentation) are automatically
While you can use any text editor of your choice to change ANNIS and compile it completely on the command line using Maven, a proper IDE will be a huge help for you. You can use any IDE which has a good support for Maven. The ANNIS main developers currently recommend Eclipse or Visual Studio Code for devlopment.
annis-gui project contains two build artifacts:
You can execute both JAR-files to run the front-end and the embedded REST service.
cd <unzipped source>/annis-gui/ java -jar target/annis-gui-<version>-server.jar
The desktop variant will open a simple window with a link to the URL on which the service is listening.
After starting the service, you can access the site under http://localhost:5711/. The service can be stopped by pressing CTRL+C.