This chapter explains how to install SpotBugs.
Extracting the Distribution¶
The easiest way to install SpotBugs is to download a binary distribution. Binary distributions are available in gzipped tar format and zip format. Once you have downloaded a binary distribution, extract it into a directory of your choice.
Extracting a gzipped tar format distribution:
$ gunzip -c spotbugs-4.2.0.tgz | tar xvf -
Extracting a zip format distribution:
C:\Software> unzip spotbugs-4.2.0.zip
Usually, extracting a binary distribution will create a directory ending in spotbugs-4.2.0.
For example, if you extracted the binary distribution from the C:\Software directory, then the SpotBugs software will be extracted into the directory C:\Software\spotbugs-4.2.0.
This directory is the SpotBugs home directory.
We’ll refer to it as
%SPOTBUGS_HOME% for Windows) throughout this manual.