Installing the full-easy-install package

For the simplest installation experience, install the full-easy-install package. This package can be installed on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. It contains everything that you need to run the DITA-OT except for Java.

Before you begin

  • Ensure that you have Java JRE or JDK, version 6 or later installed.
  • Ensure that you have HTML Help Workshop installed, if you want to generate HTML Help.


  1. Download the full-easy package from SourceForge.
    Operating system File name
    Linux or Mac OSX DITA-OT1.8.4_full_easy_install_bin.tar.gz
  2. Extract the contents of the package to the directory where you want to install the DITA-OT.
  3. Run the startcmd file that is applicable for your operating system.
    This defines the necessary environment variables and opens a DOS prompt or terminal window in which you can invoke the toolkit. You can use the window to run as many builds as you want; if you close the window, you will need to run the applicable startcmd file again.