This page describes an older version of the product. The latest stable version is 16.4.


GigaSpaces XAP is 100% pure Java, and therefore can run on any UNIX or Windows machine that supports Java.

Prior to Installation

Prior to the GigaSpaces installation, make sure:

  • Review the release notes for the supported platforms.
  • JDK (6 or later) is installed (for example, JDK 6 Update 39)
  • Set the JAVA_HOME environment variable to the JDK (not JRE) directory (for example, D:\java\jdk1.6.0_39).
  • Set the PATH environment variable to include JAVA_HOME\bin (for example, %JAVA_HOME%\bin;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%
  • Optional: The network and machines running GigaSpaces are configured to enable multicast (see the Multicast Configuration for more information).
  • Set the NIC_ADDR environment variable to the machine’s IP address.

Using JRE instead of JDKIt is recommended to use a JDK (Java Development Kit), and not a JRE (Java Runtime Environment). If you do decide to use a JRE, make sure the JAVA_HOME environment variable points to the correct JRE directory, and remove JDK-specific command-line arguments, like -server, which do not exist in JRE.

Installing on Windows

gshome-directory Unzip the ZIP file using your favorite unzip tool (e.g., WinZip) to the location of your choice. Unzipping the file creates a <GigaSpaces Root> directory e.g. gigaspaces-xap-premium-9.7.0-ga with the following files and folders:


What’s Next?

Installing on Linux

Step 1. Navigate into the directory where you want to install GigaSpaces XAP, e.g. opt, and execute an unzip command using the path to the GigaSpaces zip file. For example:


Step 2. Make sure all sh file(s) in the /bin and the /examples directory are in executable mode, meaning you can run them from your machine. To check this, use the ls \-all command for the relevant directory, and make sure that x is included in the file permissions.

Step 3. Make sure all the machines running GigaSpaces can ping each other and their hosts file include the machine IP.

What’s Next?

Important Tips

Before you begin working with GigaSpaces, it is recommended to review the Performance Tuning and Considerations sections and apply the required changes. For example, you may need to update the max file descriptors limit before you begin.