Prerequisite software

The prerequisite software that DITA-OT requires depends on the types of transformations that you want to use.

Software required for core DITA-OT processing

DITA-OT requires the following software applications:
Java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development Kit (JDK)
DITA-OT is designed to run on Java version 8u101 or later and built and tested with the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK). Compatible Java distributions are available from multiple sources:
Note: This is the only prerequisite software that you need to install. The remaining required software is included in the distribution package.
Apache Ant
Provides the standard setup and sequencing of processing steps. DITA-OT includes Ant version 1.10.6. You can download Ant from
XSLT processor
Provides the main transformation services. It must be compliant with XSLT 2.0. DITA-OT includes Saxon version You can download Saxon from

Software required for specific transformations

Depending on the type of output that you want to generate, you might need the following applications:
ICU for Java
ICU for Java is a cross-platform, Unicode-based, globalization library. It includes support for comparing locale-sensitive strings; formatting dates, times, numbers, currencies, and messages; detecting text boundaries; and converting character sets. You can download ICU for Java from
Microsoft Help Workshop
Required for generating HTML help. You can download the Help Workshop from
XSL-FO processor
Required for generating PDF output. Apache™ FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) is included in the distribution package. You can download other versions from You can also use commercial FO processors such as Antenna House Formatter or RenderX XEP.