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Prior to installing any WSO2 Carbon based product, it is necessary to have the appropriate prerequisite software installed on your system. Verify that the computer has the supported operating system and development platforms before starting the installation.

System Requirements


  • 1 GB minimum
  • A heap size of around 512MB is generally sufficient to process typical SOAP messages
  • Requirements may vary with larger message sizes and on the number of messages processed concurrently


  • Approximately 180 MB, excluding space allocated for log files and Databases.

Environment Compatibility

Operating Systems / Databases / Application Servers

  • As all WSO2 Carbon based products are Java applications, it is generally possible to run them on most operating systems. These include Windows, Linux, Solaris, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mac OS X, Gentoo, SUSE, Debian etc. with a JDK 1.6.x runtime.
  • However, Linux/Solaris are recommended for a production deployment.
  • For detailed information on the Operating Systems, Databases and Application Servers each WSO2 product is compatible with, refer to the following WIKI space: Environments Compatible with the WSO2 Products.

Required Applications





Java SE Development Kit (JDK)

  • To launch the product as each product is a Java application.
  • To build the product from the Source distribution (both JDK and Apache Maven are required).
  • To run Apache Ant.

1.6.x or higher

Required by all WSO2 products

Apache ActiveMQ
JMS Provider

  • To enable the product's JMS transport and try out JMS samples. The ActiveMQ client libraries must be installed in the product's classpath before you can enable the JMS transport.

5.5.0 or higher

If you use any other JMS provider (e.g. Apache Qpid), install any necessary libraries and/or components.

Currently needed by WSO2 ESB to run its JMS samples

Apache Ant

  • To compile and run the sample clients.

1.7.0 or later

Required by all WSO2 products to run product samples

Apache Maven

  • To build the product from the Source distribution (both JDK and Apache Maven are required).

2.1.0 or later

Required by all WSO2 products when installing from source distribution

Web Browser

  • To access the product's Management Console. The Web Browser must be JavaScript enabled to take full advantage of the Management console.
  • NOTE: On Windows Server 2003, it is not allowed to go below the medium security level in Internet Explorer 6.x.


Required by all WSO2 products

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