Install SADE

Debian / Ubuntu

SADE is provided as Debian package for Debian based Linux distributions like Ubuntu.

Installation from command line

Latest snapshot development packages can be downloaded from

After downloading the latest Debian package, install it from command line

sudo dpkg -i sade_*.deb

while selecting the appropriate version and date of the package. After the package's installation, eXist-db fires up and is available at http://localhost:8080/.

Installation with Debian's Software Center

Another option to install SADE is using Debian's Software Center. First, download a SADE Debian package as described above and double click on it from your desktop environments file manager. The Software Center should launch and guide you through the installation.

As soon as the installation is complete, eXist-db takes a moment to fire up and is then available at http://localhost:8080/.

All Operating Systems

Make sure you have Java installed at least in version 1.8.

Download SADE as a zip file:

Unzip the file and change to the build/sade/bin directory. Start the service with ./ (Linux/Mac) or startup.bat (Windows). If you are experiencing problems starting SADE this way you may also try to change to the build/sade directory and enter java -jar start.jar jetty from the command line.

Finally, eXist-db's front and back end are available at http://localhost:8080/ and the local SADE is visible at http://localhost:8080/exist/apps/sade/index.html.

How to log in

SADE is initialized with a default superuser admin with an empty password.

Caution: Provide the superuser admin with a password, if you plan to deploy your SADE instance to a server.