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Version: 1.9.3

Installing the GIT version

Important note: the current Git version contains 1 main branch:

  • GAMA_1.9.3: that contains the code of the GAMA alpha(GAMA 1.9.3) (it works with JDK 17 LTS and Eclipse 2023-09).

Changes made to other branches won't be added to the next gama release

The following tutorial describes the installation for this version.

Install Eclipse 2023-09

Download the "Installer of 2023-09" and choose to install the Eclipse IDE for Java and DSL Developers version. This is the latest version under which GAMA is certified to work.

Note: Regarding Java, Eclipse embeds the Adoptium (ex Adopt-OpenJDK) 17 LTS (HotSpot), which is the recommanded version for GAMA, you may be able to use another one, but we won't fix any related issue.

Install GAMA source code

The source is to be downloaded from GitHub in two steps: by creating a local clone of the GitHub repository and then importing the different projects that constitute GAMA into the Eclipse workspace.

  1. Open the Git perspective:
  • Windows > Perspective > Open Perspective > Other...
  • Choose Git Open GIT perspective
  1. Click on "Clone a Git repository" Clone Repository
  • In Source Git repository window:
    • Fill in the URI label with:
    • Other fields will be automatically filled in. Source GIT repository
  • In Branch Selection windows,
    • check the GAMA_1.9.3 branch
    • Next


  • In Local Destination windows,
    • Choose a Directory (where the source files will be downloaded).
    • Everything else should be unchecked
    • Finish

Local destination

This can take a while...

Import projects into workspace

You have now to import projects into the workspace (notice that the folders downloaded during the clone will neither be copied nor moved).

Note: contrarily to previous Eclipse versions, import project from the Git perspective does not work properly for GAMA.

  1. In the Java perspective, choose:
  • File / Import...,

Context Working tree

  • In the install window, select Git / Projects from Git,
  • Click on Next,
  • In the Project from Git window, select Existing local repository.,

Context Local Repository

  • Click on Next,
  • In the new window, select your Git repository,
  • Click on Next,
  • In the Select a wizard to used to import projects, check that
    • Import existing Eclipse projects is selected
    • Working Tree is selected

GIT Import projects

  • Click on Next,

  • In the Import project window,

    • Uncheck Search for nested projects
    • Select all the projects Choose Projects to import
  • Finish

  1. Clean project (Project menu > Clean ...)

If you have errors...

If errors continue to show on in the different projects, be sure to correctly set the JDK used in the Eclipse preferences. GAMA (version 1.9.2) is targeting JDK 17, and Eclipse could produce errors if it did not find in your environment. So, either you set the compatibility to 17 by default (in Preferences > Java > Compiler > Compiler Compliance Level) or you change the error produced by Eclipse to a warning only (in Preferences > Java > Compiler > Building > "No strictly compatible JRE for execution environment available).

On Windows : if the project still don't compile, try to add the vm argument in eclipse.ini files (inside the directory where your eclipse is installed) before the -startup line Example :


C:\Program Files\Java\JDK17\bin




  1. Be sure to be in the Java Perspective (top right button)
  2. In the ummisco.gama.product plugin, open the gama.product file (gama.headless.product is used to produce the headless).
  3. Go to "Overview" tab and click on Synchronize
  4. Click on "Launch an Eclipse Application"

GIT Tutorials

For those who want to learn more about Git and Egit, please consult the following tutorials/papers

  1. EGIT/User Guide
  2. Git version control with Eclipse (EGIT) - Tutorial
  3. 10 things I hate about Git
  4. Learn Git and GitHub Tutorial