Installing Oxygen XML Author on Linux

Choosing an Installation Method

You can install Oxygen XML Author on Linux using one of the following methods:

System Requirements

Operating system

Any Unix/Linux distribution with an available Java SE Runtime Environment version 1.6.0 or later from Oracle

  • Minimum - Intel Pentium III™/AMD Athlon™ class processor, 1 GHz
  • Recommended - Dual Core class processor
  • Minimum - 2 GB of RAM
  • Recommended - 4 GB of RAM
  • Minimum - 400 MB free disk space
  • Recommended - 1 GB free disk space

Oxygen XML Author requires Java. Oxygen XML Author only supports official and stable Java Virtual Machines with the version number 1.6.0 or later (the recommended version is 1.8) from Oracle available at Oxygen XML Author may work with JVM implementations from other vendors, but there is no guarantee that other implementations will work with future Oxygen XML Author updates and releases. Oxygen XML Author does not work with the GNU libgcj Java Virtual Machine.

Oxygen XML Author uses the following rules to determine which installed version of Java to use:

  1. If you used the Linux installer, which installs a version of Java as part of the Oxygen XML Author installation, the version in the jre subdirectory of the installation directory is used.
  2. Otherwise, if the Linux environment variable JAVA_HOME is set, Oxygen XML Author uses the Java version pointed to by this variable.
  3. Otherwise the version of Java pointed to by your PATH environment variable is used.

You can also change the version of the Java Virtual Machine that runs Oxygen XML Author by editing the script file, Go to the Java command at the end of the script file and specify the full path to the Java executable of the desired JVM version. For example:

/usr/bin/jre1.6.0_45/bin/java -Xmx256m ...

Linux Installer

To install Oxygen XML Author using the Linux installer, follow these steps:
  1. Make sure that your system meets the system requirements.
  2. Download the Linux installer.
  3. [Optional] Validate the integrity of the downloaded file by checking it against the MD5 sum published on the download page.
  4. Run the installer and follow the instructions in the installation program.
    Note: For example, open a shell, cd to the installation directory, and at the prompt type sh ./ or sh ./, depending on which installer you downloaded.
  5. Start Oxygen XML Author using one of the following methods:
    • Use the author shortcut created by the installer.
    • From a command line, type sh This file is located in the installation folder.
  6. To license your copy of Oxygen XML Author go to Help > Register and enter your license information.

Unattended Installation

You can run the installation in unattended mode by running the installer from the command line with the -q parameter. By default, running the installer in unattended mode installs Oxygen XML Author with the default options and does not overwrite existing files. You can change various options for the unattended installer using the installer command line parameters.

Linux Installer Command Line Reference

The Oxygen XML Author installer for Linux creates a file called response.varfile, which records the choices that the user made when running the installer interactively. The generated response file is found in the [OXYGEN_INSTALL_DIR]/.install4j folder. You can use the response.varfile to set the options for an unintended install.

The following table describes some of the settings that can be used in the response.varfile:
Table 1. response.varfile Options Parameters
Parameter Name Description Values
autoVersionChecking Automatic version checking. true / false. Default setting is true.
reportProblem Allows you to report a problem encountered while using Oxygen XML Author. true / false. Default setting is true.
downloadResources Allows Oxygen XML Author to download resources (links to video demonstrations, webinars, and upcoming events) from to populate the application welcome screen. true / false. Default setting is true.

For more information about the response.varfile format, see install4j site.

Command Line Parameters
The Oxygen XML Author installer supports the following command line parameters:
Table 2. Supported Parameters
Option Meaning
-q Run the installer in unattended mode. The installer will not prompt the user for input during the install. Default settings will be used for all options unless a response.varfile is specified using the -varfile option or individual settings are specified using
- on Windows:
oxygenAuthor.exe -q 
- on Linux: -q 
-overwrite In unattended mode, the installer does not overwrite files with the same name if a previous version of the Oxygen XML Author is installed in the same folder. The -overwrite parameter added after the -q parameter forces the overwriting of these files.
- on Windows:
oxygenAuthor.exe -q -overwrite
- on Linux: -q -overwrite
To display a console for the unattended installation, add a -console parameter to the command line.
- on Windows:
start /wait oxygenAuthor.exe -q -console
Note: The use of start /wait on Windows is required to make the installer run in the foreground. It you run it without start /wait, it will run in the background.
- on Linux: -q -console
-varfile Points to the location of a response.varfile to be used during an unattended installation. For example:
- on Windows:
oxygenAuthor.exe -q -varfile response.varfile
- on Linux: -q -varfile response.varfile
-V Is used to define a variable to be used by an unattended installation. For example:
- on Windows:
oxygenAuthor.exe -q -VusageDataCollector=false
- on Linux: -q -VusageDataCollector=false