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Bonita Studio installation

How to install a Bonita Studio on Windows, Linux, or Mac operating systems. An OS-independent archive can also be used.


Before you download Bonita Studio, make sure that you know whether you are using a using a 32 or 64-bit system, and that you have the appropriate Java version installed:

  • For Linux, to find out whether you are using a 32 or 64 bit Linux, run the following command: getconf LONG_BIT, which returns either 32 or 64.

  • For Windows, see the 32 and 64 bit Windows FAQ.

  • For Mac, 32-bit Java is no longer supported, so there is no 32-bit version of Bonita for Mac systems.

Both Windows and Mac have default security settings that will prevent execution of Bonita. See below for further details about what you can do to bypass those security protections

Note for users of macOS 10.12.x and above : There is an known issue on macOS Sierra and Java about the slowness of getLocalHost() which results in a slowness of the Bonita Studio (find more info on thoeni or plumbr). To resolve this issue you shoud add your computer name to your /etc/hosts file : In a terminal, edit your /etc/hosts with sudo privilege, add your computer name to the local IP addresses localhost <mycomputername.local> and ::1 localhost <mycomputername.local> (To find your macOS computer name, look at Apple support dedicated page).

Notes for users of macOS Catalina 10.15 and above:

Only version 7.7.5 and upwards are compatible

Notes for users of macOS Big Sur 11.0 and above:

Only version 7.11.4 and upwards are compatible

Only installed JDK are accepted by the macOS gatekeeper.
If you try to use a JDK directly downloaded, you will get this kind of error: jdk-11.0.5 can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.
The solution is to use an installer to install properly the JDK. The easiest way is to tape the following commands:

# Install brew first if it is not installed yet, more details here:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

# Use brew to install a JDK
brew tap homebrew/cask-versions
brew cask install java11

Another solution is to download and execute manually the installer, here for example.

Note for users of Windows 10: the security feature called SmartScreen prevents execution of Bonita Studio installer. When you get the "Windows protect your PC" pop up window, click on "More info" link and click on "Run anyway" button.

Download Bonita Studio

For a Subscription edition of Bonita Studio, go to the Customer Service Center and request a download.

For the Community edition of Bonita Studio, go to the Bonitasoft website downloads page. On the download page you will get a download button based on your operating system auto-detection. If you want to download a different version (e.g. switch from 32 to 64-bit version), click on the Customize you download link. On this page there are buttons to download the Studio installer for your current operating system and the all in one, OS-independent version.
To download the installer for a different operating system, select it from the Operating system section.
Then click the Download button.

When the download is complete, you have one of the following new files:

Community edition:
Subscription editions:

Community edition: BonitaStudioCommunity-x.y.z-x86_64.exe
Subscription editions: BonitaSubscription-x.y.z-x86_64.exe

Community edition: BonitaStudioCommunity-x.y.z-macOs.dmg
Subscription editions: BonitaSubscription-x.y.z-macOs.dmg

Zip, no Installer (Windows or Linux) Community edition


Subscription editions


Install using a wizard

To run the installer wizard for Linux, Windows, or Mac, double-click the downloaded file.

Then follow the installation wizard through to the end of the installation procedure.

For subscription editions: the installer import workspace feature applies only to local repositories.
If you have shared repositories in your workspace, you will need to reconnect to these manually, and possibly migrate the processes to your new version of Bonita Studio. The default workspace is automatically initialized at the end of the installation.

Install using Zip archive (Windows or Linux)

To install Bonita Studio using the zip archive, unzip the downloaded .zip file to a folder on your hard drive. Avoid using a folder with a long path. Do not use a path that contains spaces.

Start Bonita Studio

To start Bonita Studio, go to the directory where you installed it, and run the launcher for your operating system:

Community edition: BonitaStudioCommunity-linux
Subscription editions: BonitaStudioSubscription-linux

Community edition: BonitaStudioCommunity.exe
Subscription editions: BonitaStudioSubscription.exe

Community edition:
Subscription editions:


This information applies to the Subscription editions. No license is needed for the Community edition.

When you launch Bonita Studio for the first time, you need to install a license:

  1. Click Copy to clipboard to copy the request key from the pop-up

  2. Use the generated request key to request a license on the Customer Service Center

  3. Check your email box (after a few minutes) and open the email from

  4. Download the attached file (.lic)

  5. Go back to your Bonita Studio, click *Install license…​*, and select your .lic file.

Configure Bonita Studio to use a specific JVM

Bonita Studio 7.8 only support Java 8. If you have multiple versions of Java installed on your computer you might need to specify which Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to use.

To specify the JVM version use to run the Studio you first need to identify the appropriate file to edit. For example if you launch the Studio using BonitaStudioCommunity.exe, the file to edit will be BonitaStudioCommunity.ini. This file is located in your Studio installation folder.

Next you need to add a -vm option and the path to the Java runtime in the ini file (each of them on a new line). Note the format of the -vm option − it is important to be exact:

  • The -vm option and its value (the path) must be on separate lines.

  • The value must be the full absolute or relative path to the Java executable, not just to the Java home directory.

  • The -vm option must occur after the other Bonita-specific options (such as -product, --launcher.*, etc), but before the -vmargs option, since everything after -vmargs is passed directly to the JVM.

For example on Windows:


Cache configuration

By default cache is disable for the web server embedded by Bonita studio, as it is more comfortable to realise development without cache. But you can decide to activate cache, to be closer to the production display time. To do this, you need to follow those steps.

  1. Close your Bonita Studio if he’s up.

  2. Go in the studio installation folder.

  3. Open BonitaStudioSubscription.ini.

  4. Change -Dtomcat.extra.params=-DnoCacheCustomPage=true to -Dtomcat.extra.params=-DnoCacheCustomPage=false.

  5. Save file.

  6. Start your Bonita studio. Now you have a cache for your living application and your custom page.


Log files

In case of trouble when running Bonita Studio, you might want to take a look at log files.

Studio log file can be displayed from Bonita Studio in "Help" -> "Show Bonita Studio log" menu.

If Studio fails to start, you can open the log file manually. File is named .log and is located in <studio_folder>/workspace/.metadata folder.
Note that folder might be hidden and file might not be displayed if you choose to hide file extensions in your file manager.

JVM terminated. Exit code=1

If when launching the Studio you get an error message "JVM terminated. Exit code=1" it might be because you try to launch Bonita Studio with a version of the JVM that is not supported. See above "Configure Bonita Studio to use a specific JVM" how to force the JVM to use.

OutOfMemory error in Bonita Studio

After installation, you might see an OutOfMemory error in Bonita Studio. This error sometimes occurs when importing a large process definition.
The log messages are similar to the following:

!ENTRY 4 0 2014-04-25 09:43:49.467
!ERROR Import has failed for file Autorisation Engagement Depenses-2.0.bos

!ENTRY 4 0 2014-04-25 09:43:49.470
Caused by: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError: GC overhead limit exceeded

To fix this issue, you need to increase the memory allocated to the JVM that runs Bonita Studio.

Edit the *.ini file that corresponds to the executable you use to launch the Studio and modify this line: -Xmx512m to -Xmx1024m (or higher).

Then restart Bonita Studio.

OutOfMemory error in Bonita Studio embedded Tomcat server

When using connectors having a large amount of dependencies you may encounter some memory issue with the default -Xmx used for the tomcat server.
You can increase this value in Studio preferences -> Server settings -> Tomcat Maximum memory allocation.

Bonita Studio installation fail due to JVM errors

A given Bonita Studio version can only run with some specifics Java versions (hardware and software requirements).
If you encounter some issues related to the JVM during the installation, ensure first that a valid Java version is available. You can for exemple type java -version on a terminal, and informations about the main Java version used will be displayed.
If the problem persist, the easiest way to solve it is to remove the installed Java versions, to download that last stable build of the required Java version on the Oracle website and to install it properly.
Those issues can be related to bad Java installations, or to incompatibilities between a given Java version and Bitrock (Bitrock is the install builder used to install Bonita, it has the responsibility to detect the JRE used to install Bonita. Some defects on a given version could lead to incompatibility).