Building Lucee 5 & 6 from source
Building Lucee 5 and 6 from source
The following text assumes that you have basic knowledge of how to use
mvn, if not please first consult the documentation for this tools.
1. Before you get started
Before you can start building Lucee from source, you will need a few things installed on your machine:
Java JDK - since you're going to compile Java code you need the JDK and not just the JRE. Lucee requires JDK 8 or later in order to compile. https://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/
Apache Maven - the source code contains several build scripts that will automate the build process for you. you will need Maven installed in order to run these build scripts. http://maven.apache.org/
Apache Ant - the source code contains several build scripts that will automate the build process for you. you will need Maven installed in order to run these build scripts. http://ant.apache.org/bindownload.cgi
2. Get the source code
Lucee's source code is version-controlled with Git, Lucee GitHub repository.
The repository contains a few branches, with the most important ones being "Master" (current release) and "Develop" (alpha and beta releases), currently the main branch for development is the 6.0 branch, so best start there.
So simply clone the 6.0 branch (or fork your own copy) from the git repository to your local drive with the following command:
git clone -b 6.0 https://github.com/lucee/Lucee.git
3. Build it
To run the test suite using Maven:
cd loader mvn test
To build the server using Maven:
cd loader mvn clean install
To build the server using Ant:
cd loader ant
To build the server using Ant but without running the test suite:
cd loader ant fast
To build only the update .lco file:
cd loader ant quick
Deployment (and testing PRs) is automated via GitHub Actions for all push and pull requests
See deployLco below
5. Submitting Pull Requests (PRs)
- Create an new issue/ticket
- Create a Pull Request against the 6.0 Branch with the issue number in the title (i.e Fix error deserialising JSON LDEV-101) and include the issue URL in the description
- Finally add the URL to the Pull Request to the issue
- Please include tests!
Build Performance Tips
On Windows, excluding your Lucee working directory from both
Windows Defender and
Windows Search Indexer will speed up the build process a bit.
Lucee 6.0 adds some extra options to the build process (they can be combined)
testFilter allows you to pass in test filter(s) (filters on path), so you don't have to run the full test suite whilst hacking.
ant -DtestFilter="image" ant -DtestFilter="mysql,oracle"
testLabels allows you to filter tests by their assigned labels (only supported per cfc/bundle, not for individual methods).
ant -DtestLabels="s3" ant -DtestFilter="mysql,orm"
deployLco automates the deployment of a new
.lco build to a local Lucee install's deploy directory
ant quick -DdeployLco="C:\lucee\tomcat\lucee-server\deploy"
testExtensions allows testing local extension build(s)
*.lex from a local directory with the main test suite
ant -DtestLabels="zip" -DtestExtensions="C:\work\lucee-extensions\extension-compress\dist"
testAdditional allows running additional tests from a directory
ant -DtestFilter="zip" -DtestAdditional="C:\work\lucee-extensions\extension-compress\tests"
testDebug outputs debug information about tests which don't compile and why they are filtered out
testSkip allows running tests which are flagged skip=true or prefixed with an _ (which also disables a test)
ant -DtestSkip="false" -DtestFilter="_" -DtestDebug="true"