From the download page, you will be able to download the distribution (binary and source), the Windows installer (a community artifact) and the documentation for Groovy.
For a quick and effortless start on Mac OSX, Linux, WSL2 or Cygwin, you can use SDKMAN! (The Software Development Kit Manager) to download and configure any Groovy version of your choice. Basic instructions can be found below.
If you plan on using invokedynamic support, read those notes.
For those who want to test the very latest versions of Groovy and live on the bleeding edge, you can use our snapshot builds. As soon as a build succeeds on our continuous integration server a snapshot is deployed to this repository. These snapshots are not official releases and are intended for integration testing by the development community prior to official versions being released. We welcome any feedback.
Groovy 4.0 requires Java 8+ with support for up to Java 16.
Various Groovy CI servers run the test suite (with more than 10000 tests) across numerous versions of Java. Those servers are also useful to look at to confirm supported Java versions for different Groovy releases.
This tool makes installing Groovy on any Bash platform (Mac OSX, Linux, Cygwin, Solaris or FreeBSD) very easy.
Simply open a new terminal and enter:
$ curl -s get.sdkman.io | bash
Follow the instructions on-screen to complete installation.
Open a new terminal or type the command:
$ source "$HOME/.sdkman/bin/sdkman-init.sh"
Then install the latest stable Groovy:
$ sdk install groovy
After installation is complete and you’ve made it your default version, test it with:
$ groovy -version
That’s all there is to it!
If you’re on macOS and have MacPorts installed, you can run:
sudo port install groovy
If you prefer to live on the bleeding edge, you can also grab the source code from GitHub.
These instructions describe how to install a binary distribution of Groovy:
Download a binary distribution of Groovy and unpack it into some folder on your local file system.
GROOVY_HOMEenvironment variable to the directory where you unpacked the distribution.
JAVA_HOMEenvironment variable to point to your JDK. On OS X this is
/Library/Java/Home, on other unixes its often
/usr/javaetc. If you’ve already installed tools like Ant or Maven you’ve probably already done this step.
You should now have Groovy installed properly. You can test this by typing the following in a command shell:
Which should create an interactive groovy shell where you can type Groovy statements. Or to run the Swing interactive console type:
To run a specific Groovy script type: