The goal of this guide is help you download and compile OpenDDS and run a simple example.

Build Directions#

  1. Ensure that your environment has:

    • Visual Studio

    • Perl

    • Optional Java SDK 1.5 or greater for Java JNI binding support

    See Dependencies for a complete list of dependencies and for supported platforms.

  2. Download and extract the latest zip from the download site

  3. Start a Visual Studio Command Prompt

  4. Enter the OpenDDS-<version> directory

  5. configure

    To enable Java support, use

    configure --java
  6. Determine the solution to build from the output of the configure script. The solution will have a .sln extension.

  7. Start Visual Studio by executing the solution from the command prompt, e.g., DDS_TAOv2_all.sln

  8. Select Build -> Build Solution

See Support if you encounter problems with configuration or building.

Run the Messenger Example#

  1. setenv
  2. For the C++ example

    cd DevGuideExamples\DCPS\Messenger

    For the Java example

    cd java\tests\messenger
  3. perl

The Messenger Example starts an InfoRepo, publisher, and subscriber. The InfoRepo allows the publisher and subscriber to find each other. Once the publisher finds the subscriber, it sends 10 messages to the subscriber and waits 30 seconds for the subscriber to acknowledge the messages.


The setenv.cmd script sets various environment variables needed for building, linking, and running with OpenDDS. Be sure to execute setenv.cmd if you start a new Visual Studio Command Prompt.

Next Steps#

See Getting Started for a detailed explanation of the Messenger C++ Example or Java Bindings for the Java Example.