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Instead of downloading the Wonder binaries, working from the latest source code directly can have some advantages such as:

  • Learn a lot about WebObjects and EOF (and Java development styles)
  • Easily browse and search the source
  • Work with a specific source control version (teams, quality control, development cycles)
  • Provide opportunities to submit patches for bug fixes or enhancements
  • Add logging statements in Wonder source so you can better understand what is going when tracking down hard to find bugs
  • Discover the many Hidden Treasures of Wonder.


titleNow with more Git

As of March 25th, 2011 the May 21th, 2013 the Wonder source code is now maintained on GitHub at So youwocommunity/wonder. You'll need to be familiar with the Git Source Code Management system. Here's a good place to start. You will use it Git to checkout a local copy of the repository (a "clone" in Git terms) allowing you to have direct access to the Wonder source.


Instead of constantly re-downloading and installing the latest Project Wonder binaries you should work directly with the latest source code. It has several advantages including:

  • You'll learn a lot about WebObjects, EOF and Object-Oriented Patterns
  • Easily search and browse Project Wonder
  • Work with a specific revision of Project Wonder, which is key for teams, quality control and development cycles
  • Add logging statements to Project Wonder so you can better understand what it is doing when tracking down hard to find bugs
  • Discover the Many Hidden Treasures of Wonder™.

Download It!

Open a terminal and navigate to a directory where you want to maintain a source "working copy" and just use the following easy-peasy commands to clone Wonder source to your computer.

  1. Clone the source repository from
    GitHub into a new directory named "WonderSource" or whatever you'd like.
    Code Block
    git clone git:// WonderSource

    If "git://" does not work for you then use "http://"

    Note the URL shown here
    titleRead Only
    Wonder Committers
    git clone git:// WonderSource

    The URL above is the public, read-only URL. Committers should use the SSH form of the URL for read-write

    Code Block

    People with commit privileges for Project Wonder should use:


    Do not change "git@..." to be your username.

    You should see output something like this:

    No Format
    Cloning into WonderSource...
    remote: Counting objects: 174269, done.
    remote: Compressing objects: 100% (57304/57304), done.
    remote: Total 174269 (delta 107374), reused 173934 (delta 107067)
    Receiving objects: 100% (174269/174269), 137.94 MiB | 8.29 MiB/s, done.
    Resolving deltas: 100% (107374/107374), done.
  2. Navigate into the working copy root
    Code Block
    cd WonderSource
    titleWebObjects 5.3.3 Compatability

    If you are still using old WebObjects 5.3.3, then you need to execute this git command to switch to the branch for WebObjects 5.3.3:

    Code Block
    git checkout --track origin/Wonder_5_0_0_Legacy


Assuming you now have a "cloned" copy of the Wonder source code, you can build the frameworks to the default (~/Roots) with the following command:

  1. Build the frameworks from the "cloned" source.
    Code Block
    ant frameworks
  2. Install the frameworks (this just copies the built frameworks from ~/Roots to the runtime Frameworks directory, usually at /Library/Frameworks)
    Code Block
    sudo ant frameworks.install

Installing and Upgrading

Assuming you already cloned and installed Wonder from source using the method outlined above, you can use the following procedure pull the latest changes into your local repository.

  1. Navigate to the Roots directory that was automatically created by the initial Source installation procedure above
    Code Block
    cd ~/Roots/
  2. Delete all installed frameworks whose names match the built frameworks in this Roots build folder
    Code Block
    for FRAMEWORK in `echo *.framework`; do sudo rm -r /Library/Frameworks/${FRAMEWORK}; done
  3. Navigate to the original Wonder source directory that you created above during initial source installation
    Code Block
    cd /path/to/WonderSource
  4. Pull the changes you do not have and merge them with your local repository
    Code Block
    git pull
  5. Clean, build and install the frameworks
    Code Block
    ant clean ant frameworks sudo ant frameworks.install

    You should get output like this:

    No Format
    Branch Wonder_5_0_0_Legacy set up to track remote branch Wonder_5_0_0_Legacy from origin.
    Switched to a new branch 'Wonder_5_0_0_Legacy'

If you have a custom wolips properties file for a specific workspace and you want to have a specific Wonder clone for that workspace, you can simply link your custom wolips properties file to a soft link named in the working copy root directory. The Wonder build script will supersede all other filesystem layout poperties with the properties in that file.

For example:


If you have any trouble or errors due to your local repository getting hosedcorrupted, then simply delete the entire local repository directory, the ~/Roots directory and just (the WonderSource directory) and start over using the initial source clone and installation procedure outlined same clone command above.

Custom Development Enviroment File layout using Custom wolips.propertiesCustom Development Enviroment File layout using Custom
Code Block

$ cd my/special/purpose/clone/of/Wonder
$ ln -s ~/Library/Application\ Support/WOLips/

An example of where this approach might be used would be when you have different projects (perhaps in a specially designated workspace) that use a specific version of WebObjects and a specific version or branch of Wonder.

Tip: Specify a custom build directory for Wonder by adding the property 'wo.external.root' to the custom wolips properties file, for example

Code Block

Tip: A custom WebServer install directory can be specified to Wonder by adding the property 'wo.server.root' to the custom wolips properties file also

Use It!

  • Use Wonder source code projects in your Eclipse workspace

    The best way to make use of Project Wonder is obviously to import the source code projects directly into your Eclipse workspace. Why would you be reading this page if that isn't what you are trying to do?! Detailed instructions are here: Working with Wonder source in Eclipse

    titleAnt Builds on your Development Machine

    WOlips' "Incremental Builder" is an incredibly helpful feature during development, but it does things that the Ant deployment build does not do. If you are either using WOLips to build your WebObjects Applications (WOLips Ant Tools > Install) or are running Hudson/Jenkins locally to do it, you must also build and install your workspace's Frameworks that your Application depends upon – including your own, Project Wonder's and any others. The standard Ant build does NOT do this for you.

  • Build and Install Project Wonder Binary Frameworks

    For building and installing the Wonder Frameworks, please see the standard Building and Installing WO Frameworks with Ant pages.

    titleUsing Both Binary and Source Code Frameworks on Your Development Machine

    If you have both Source Code projects and the built, Binary Frameworks installed, you need to make sure you build all source code frameworks that your project depends upon first. The standard Ant build does not do this for you. Ant builds only use binary frameworks so if the installed frameworks are not up to date your Ant build could fail, or worse, succeed but contain run-time errors.

  • Build Project Wonder frameworks with Hudson/Jenkins
    The ideal way to build WebObjects frameworks and applications is to use a "Continuous Integration Server" or "Build Server" like Hudson or Jenkins. This allows you to automate the often complex process of building WebObjects projects that have several dependencies on frameworks. Instructions on how to setup a Hudson/Jenkins server is are available on the Installing and Configuring Jenkins page.